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Natchez Holds Forum On Obamacare Law

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Mississippians got a chance to ask top officials questions about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and what the law means for them and their families.

Thursday night the city of Natchez hosted a forum where more than a 100 people came out to the auditorium to hear from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, the regional director of the U.S.

Department of Human Services and other experts on the health care law.

There were a variety of questions, such as how Medicare recipients are affected and will those with pre-existing medical conditions be able to get coverage under the law. One, man 55 year-old, wanted to know why his policy includes paying for maternity care.

Many came away with answers to their questions. But signing up for the law is still a big hassle because the website, healthcare.gov, is not working.

Natchez Mayor Butch Brown organized the forum, “The Affordable Care Act Explained.” He says it’s not the first time a federal program has been under scrutiny.

 Social security was criticized and so was Medicare, Brown noted.

Many have been critical of the law because of the rocky rollout of the website as well as an increase in the cost of insurance policies. 

Commissioner Mike Chaney urged Mississippians unable to sign up on website to be persistent.

People who can't sign up had a chance to visit a bus from Humana parked at the auditorium to get counseling about the law.

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