One of the key topics at Thursday's meeting was the penalty for those who do not acquire health insurance coverage by Jan. 1, 2014.
If you remain uninsured as an adult in 2014, you may have to pay a $95 fee when filing your income taxes. That fee increases to $695 per uninsured adult in 2016.
Certain individuals, however, are exempt from the penalty, including those uninsured for less than three months of the year, uninsured people with very low incomes, and those who are members of a recognized sect that has religious objections to health insurance.
Several people in the audience Thursday had concerns about the new law.
Larry Braddy of rural Dix said he currently has Medicare Part A and B and is concerned about paying more for health insurance under the ACA provisions.
“I don't really understand it yet,” Braddy said. “I don't think anybody understands it fully.”
Truda White of Mt. Vernon is a self-employed contractor who does not currently have insurance. She said she's worried about how the new law will impact her life.
“I have no idea how that works,” White said. “I mean, right now, I'm doing everything self-pay so it's going to be a change to have to have insurance.”
At the end of Thursday's meeting, those in attendance were given the chance to sign up for an appointment with a Crossroads Eligibility Screening Services representative, who will advise them on complying with the new law.
For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov. You can also get assistance by calling Crossroads at 241-8584, or the Jefferson County Health Department at 244-7134.