What you need to know about health care mandates

The Sacramento BeeSeptember 26, 2013 

The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act

Love it or hate it, the launch date for the country’s sweeping new health care mandates is just around the corner. Next Tuesday, the essential piece of the federal government’s Affordable Care Act kicks in, allowing everyone across the country to sign up for health care coverage. A few tips:

COVERED AT WORK: If your employer provides health care insurance, attend company presentations, look at websites and open information packets the company gives you. This is not the year to be on auto-pilot as many are making changes.

BUYING IT YOURSELF: If you’ve never had health care insurance, either because you were too young, had a pre-existing condition or your employer didn’t provide it, now’s your chance to get coverage and shop for the best rate.

OPTIONS FOR YOUNG ADULTS: Adult children up to age 26 who are covered on a parent’s health care plan can remain so. But it could be cheaper for them to buy a single health insurance plan. Shop around.

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