Boston (WWLP) - Patrick administration officials say the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will decrease premiums for 47 percent of small private businesses and individuals. But 53 percent of that group will see an overall increase over a three year period.
“The lion’s share, I think, of the increase will be within a ten percent range,” said Administration & Finance Secretary Glen Shor.
Obamacare will add an extra $400 million dollars in annual federal money to the state’s health care system. The money will expand preventative services like shots, quit-smoking services, and cancer screenings; it will provide tax credits for employers; and 45,000 low-income employees will become newly eligible for MassHealth.
The ACA education campaign comes as Congressional Republicans attempt to pass legislation that defunds Obamacare. Massachusetts officials say defunding the law would destroy the state’s progress in making health care improvements.
“Last year 60,000 seniors saw an average decrease in their prescription drug spending of $667 dollars. That goes away. Coverage for, you know, children up to the age of 26 goes away,” said Health & Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz.
Massachusetts is working to be in compliance with the new federal law. 150,000 people enrolled in the state’s subsidized health care plan, Commonwealth Care, will have to re-enroll starting October 1st.
Obamacare encourages businesses and people to shop for health plans that best suit their needs. Check out mahealthconnector.org to find out where you can compare plans or apply for a subsidized plan.