KENNEWICK, Wash.- Starting on October 1st Americans can start enrolling in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Programs. But many people are still not sure what changes are coming and how they will be affected.
NBC Right Now spoke with people of the Tri-Cities about what they know about the Affordable Care Act and what they are still trying to understand. Luckily there is a way for Washington residents to try and figure it all out and figure out what's best for them.
"Nothing good about Obamacare. Whenever government interferes with private insurance it's just going to end up costing all of us more. I'm not looking forward to paying higher premiums," said Hank Rice.
Some people have formed opinions about the Affordable Care Act. Others want more information.
"Who wants to get into a program that you don't know what you're getting in to?" asked Lois Mullen.
And who could blame someone like Mullen for not knowing everything about changes coming to health care? But here in the Tri-Cities, we have experts ready to help.
"Evidence shows that people that have a long term stable relationship with a medical provider have better health outcomes," said Carol Moser, the Executive Director at Benton Franklin Community Health Alliance.
The Alliance is holding a bilingual rally this weekend to inform the public about affordable health care.
"The people that are for it are just as confused and believe what they want to believe, and the people who are against it are confused and can't stipulate why," said Pati Way.
"We are just offering the forum as kind of a public service to help people understand what is coming up," explained Moser.
People can also educate themselves at wahealthplanfinder.org. A marketplace that can help Washingtonians figure out what plans might help them or whether their current insurance plans need changes at all.
"If you already have insurance through your employer then you have insurance," said Moser. "You don't need to worry about it."
With plenty more questions people may have out there they can take them to the rally on Saturday from 2 -5 at Howard Amon Park in Richland. Also Tri-Cities Community Health is holding bilingual presentations on October 1st at 715 W. Court Street in Pasco. From 6-6:30 p.m. information will be provided in English and from 6:30-7 p.m. questions will be answered in Spanish. The free event is open to everyone.