As the nation gets ready for the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Jan. 1, 2014, millions of Americans remain in the dark about the law and its effects.
A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation in late April found that 42 percent of Americans are still unaware that the act, better known as Obamacare, is still a law. Though several provisions of it — such as the increase in age from 21 to 26 for adults staying on their parent’s plan — have already been enforced, Jan. 1 will mark several new changes.
But what does it all mean for Madera residents? That is what the Madera County Public Health Department and First 5 Madera County have been attempting to answer while allowing the public to ask questions and air concerns.
In late May and last week, the two organizations came together to hold symposiums on the law and its effects. The May meeting was targeted towards physicians and health care providers and a meeting June 7 was for the public at large...