What will the Affordable Care Act look like in VA?

POSTED: 09:34 PM EDT Sep 05, 2013    UPDATED: 09:34 PM EDT Sep 05, 2013 
ROANOKE, Va. -

Getting good, reliable healthcare is a top priority for many Americans.
The Affordable Care Act aims to do provide that, but will it work for everyone?

The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation report used data from 17 states and the District of Columbia to come up with early numbers of what varying households could pay for government issued insurance.

And already, people are skeptical.

Healthcare has become a hot button issue for Americans and lawmakers alike. Through the Affordable Care Act, President Obama is trying to make health insurance for every American a reality. But will it work?

"These people that can't afford it, you know that's going to hurt them in the long run. And then eventually it's going to trickle down to the working people and then we're going to have to start paying for other people and it's just going to be a mess," Less Doss told Your Hometown News Leader.

The report studies analyzes what the cost of insurance could look like in Virginia once this part of the health care law takes affect.

For people 25-60 choosing middle grade or Silver level insurance. The premiums range from $144-to-$150. The older you are, the higher your tax credit is, making the premium for a 60 year old couple the same as a single 25-year-old.

For Bronze or lower level insurance, the story is the same. A single 25-year old making $25,000 a year will pay $79 dollars, two 40-year olds, $161 dollars and a 60 year old couple, pays nothing out of pocket. (SEE TABLE)

If you don't have insurance through your employer, your spouse's employer or another, private option, this insurance is mandatory starting October 1st; otherwise, you'll face a tax penalty. Some believe the idea is a good one, but may still not work as well as lawmakers hope.

"The way the economy is nowadays, I don't think a lot of people can afford it. No matter how much it is a month everybody needs some help with their health coverage," one Roanoke resident told WDBJ7.

"From a public perspective it's going to be great you know if people actually choose to take it but you're going to have people that are not going to take it because they could pay a bill with that money," said Roanoke resident, Vicky Doss.

This insurance option does not exempt those with per-existing conditions. The only factors that affect premiums are smoking, family size and your geographic location. It's a start to what lawmakers hope will make a healthier America.

Plan availability and premiums for all states are expected October 1st and 5 different levels of insurance will be available.

Getting good, reliable healthcare is a top priority for many Americans.
The Affordable Care Act aims to do provide that, but will it work for everyone?

The Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation report used data from 17 states and the District of Columbia to come up with early numbers of what varying household could pay for government issued insurance.

And already, people are skeptical.

Healthcare has become a hot button issue for Americans and lawmakers alike. Through the Affordable Care Act, President Obama is trying to make health insurance for every American a reality. But will it work?

"These people that can't afford it, you know that's going to hurt them in the long run. And then eventually it's going to trickle down to the working people and then we're going to have to start paying for other people and it's just going to be a mess," Less Doss told Your Hometown News Leader.

The report studies analyzes what the cost of insurance could look like in Virginia once this part of the health care law takes affect.

For people 25-60 choosing middle grade or Silver level insurance. The premiums range from $144-to-$150. The older you are, the higher your tax credit is, making the premium for a 60 year old couple the same as a single 25-year-old.

For Bronze or lower level insurance, the story is the same. A single 25-year old making $25,000 a year will pay $79 dollars, two 40-year olds, $161 dollars and a 60 year old couple, pays nothing out of pocket. (SEE TABLE)

If you don't have insurance through your employer, your spouse's employer or another, private option, this insurance is mandatory starting October 1st; otherwise, you'll face a tax penalty. Some believe the idea is a good one, but may still not work as well as lawmakers hope.

"The way the economy is nowadays, I don't think a lot of people can afford it. No matter how much it is a month everybody needs some help with their health coverage," one Roanoke resident told WDBJ7.

"From a public perspective it's going to be great you know if people actually choose to take it but you're going to have people that are not going to take it because they could pay a bill with that money," said Roanoke resident, Vicky Doss.

This insurance option does not exempt those with per-existing conditions. The only factors that affect premiums are smoking, family size and your geographic location. It's a start to what lawmakers hope will make a healthier America.

Plan availability and premiums for all states are expected October 1st and 5 different levels of insurance will be available.