LA CROSSE, Wis. - With the future of the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy, some people covered by plans in our area are worried about losing their coverage.
Congressional Republicans in Washington have repeatedly said they plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The move could affect nearly 20 million people that are insured under various plans on the marketplace.
One local woman says with the current talk on Capitol Hill, she's worried about her future.
La Crosse resident Sara Whitewater has a health-insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act marketplace.
"I have some chronic pain conditions that do make everyday life much harder,” Whitewater said.
Navigating the government health care website hasn't always been easy.
"Sometimes they can't answer your questions correctly,” Whitewater said.
Still, she has an affordable plan that keeps her chronic pain in check.
"It covers everything that I need it to,” Whitewater said.
But with talk of repeal, Whitewater is worried for her family's future.
"It gives me anxiety,” Whitewater said. “How do I take care of my family? How can I do anything I need to without health insurance?"
Health care navigators at Workforce Connections are busy reassuring people for those still seeking health insurance plans in 2017.
"We're not inundated with calls, but some people are having concerns, and we just reassure people that plans are still available in the marketplace, the subsidies are there,” said Wanda Palmer, health care navigator for Workforce Connections.
Experts also caution that any changes to the law probably won't fully take effect for several years.
"Things will more than likely change, but until they do -- they are also reassuring people there will be a transition,” Palmer said.
Whitewater is newly enrolled in a plan for 2017, and she's cautiously optimistic she will continue to get affordable coverage down the road.
"If they're going to tweak some things, I can understand that. But I think certainly as a whole, everybody as a nation needs to be able to go be taken care of when they need it,” Whitewater said.
If you would like to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, you still have time.
The open enrollment period ends Jan 31.
Workforce Connections offer free, one-on-one assistance with those looking for ACA plans.
Call (608) 790-8136 for more information.
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