The U.S. Census estimates more than 755,000 South Carolinians carry no health insurance, meaning that hundreds of thousands of residents here need to enroll in a plan to comply with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act next year.
The federal government opened health insurance enrollment for the first time through its new health insurance marketplace on Oct. 1, but since its launch, the website has malfunctioned for most people who need to use it to sign up for a plan. It's unclear how soon the government can fix the issues. Enrollment on www.healthcare.gov is scheduled to run through the end of March.
If you're confused about your options or perhaps not even sure if you need to enroll, join this weekly live event to ask your questions to WebMD's health care reform experts.
This week's experts included Sarah Goodell and Lisa Zamosky. Sarah is an independent health policy consultant whose work has focused on the Affordable Care Act, health insurance, health financing, and health delivery systems. Lisa is an expert on health care reform and author of “Healthcare, Insurance, and You: The Savvy Consumer's Guide.”
To read more of The Post and Courier's past coverage of the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts South Carolina, visit www.postandcourier.com/obamacare.