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September 30, 2013

Area readies for Affordable Care Act

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Reed said he is going to examine the offerings from the New York State of Health exchange because the state, as of Jan. 1, is discontinuing much of the Healthy NY program that he has relied on in recent years.

“I believe offering coverage is something we should be doing as a business,” Reed said. “I can’t be critical of businesses that don’t offer it but I just believe that offering it is something we should be doing here.”

Reed said he looks forward to seeing what the new York exchange has to offer.

“I’m not versed in the exchange at the moment, but it is something I am definitely going to be looking into,” he said. “I just don’t think you can afford to be without insurance. There are just too many catastrophic things that can happen. Staying on top of everything can be a challenge. But I have a family. I can’t take that risk.”

State officials said the Healthy NY program will be phased out Jan. 1 for individuals and sole proprietors. The program will be limited to small employers only. Those who have relied on Healthy NY are being encouraged by state officials to consider the plans from the exchange.

Among the estimated 50 million Americans who lack health insurance are Holley White and her husband, Richard Giles, who together operate Lucky Dog Farm in Hamden. White said the last time she has had coverage was about a decade ago when she worked for a small publishing company in New York City.

“It’s hard for small business people to be able to afford health insurance, but we’re going to sign up for it now,” White said. “We’ve generally been healthy, and when we’ve had problems we’ve been able to deal with it. But this is going to be something we’re going to be looking at, for sure.”

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