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New healthcare law to affect 300,000 people in Connecticut


For many people, Obamacare will mean making new choices about their insurance coverage while for others, there won't be any immediate change at least not yet.

One of the biggest overhauls of the country's healthcare system is just days away and with lots of confusion, Eyewitness News looks into Obamacare and sorts out the facts from the fiction.

About 300,000 people in Connecticut could be affected and out of all 50 states, Connecticut premiums are expected to be the fourth highest in the country.

Access Health Connecticut is a federally-funded program that's helping people get coverage under the Affordable Care Act. People eligible for that aid are those without health insurance, who are underinsured and on Medicaid.

With Obamacare going into effect in days, the Call Center at the Access Health Connecticut was busy on Wednesday.

Premiums are expected to go up for people who have no health insurance because they have not being paying premiums. They may also increase for those, who are underinsured.

Many people told Eyewitness News they worry they won't be able to choose their own doctors.

"You get to see if your doctor is on it," said Peter Van Loon of Access Health Connecticut. "If they are then, you go with that plan. If not, you may want to look another plan that does or ask your doctor to be on it."

In Connecticut, less than 10 percent of population does not have health insurance or are underinsured. No immediate changes are expected for the majority of the Connecticut population.

However, millions of Americans nationwide will be affected and need to know what health plan is right for them.

"They understand things are changing," Loon said. "There are going to be opportunities they didn't have before and how to take advantage of them."

Several things are taken into consideration including a person's age, their income and even where they live. No one can be denied.

The enrollment starts on Oct. 1,  but people will have some time, the deadline isn't until March 31.

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