This week, thousands of people in KELOLAND who have individual health insurance plans will get letters in the mail telling them they need a new plan.
That's because the plans they currently have do not meet the criteria of the Affordable Care Act.
Despite what you might have heard from the President, thousands of people in KELOLAND will receive letters saying they need a new insurance plan before next year.
"About 3,000 people will receive a letter," Sanford Health Plan President Ruth Krystolpolski said.
That's just people under the Sanford Health Plan Health insurance and they aren't alone.
DAKOTACARE Chief Marketing Officer Greg Jasmer says the majority of people who have individual health insurance through DAKOTACARE will also see changes.
"Some of them will have a much greater impact. Some of them will have just a minimal impact," Jasmer said.
If you do get a letter like this in the mail, you have three options. First, if you don't do anything, your health insurance provider will move you to another plan with a similar premium.
"It could be a little bit more or less depending on what plan they're on and what we need to move them to," Krystolpolski said.
Another option is you can choose a different plan through your provider.
"Or you can go out to the healthcare.gov website and look for options on the exchange," Krystolpolski said.
People under the Sanford Health Plan who will have to change plans will receive letters this week. Several other companies will send out letters December 1. DAKOTACARE customers will be notified 30 days before their policy renewal.
"There are going to be a lot of people, who if they're not paying attention to what's going on, are going to get pretty good sticker shock because of the Affordable Care Act," Jasmer said.
Wondering what ACA criteria the current plans won't meet? Among ten must-cover benefits, in the Affordable Care Act, every plan must include maternity coverage and some prescription drug coverage.
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