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Meeting in Stevens Point helps answer questions about Obamacare

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Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House
Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House
Eric Ness from the U.S. Smal... (Download MP3)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - A group of federal employees that know how the Affordable Care Act is going to work answered questions from crowds at Eau Claire and Stevens Point Wednesday.

At the Stevens Point meeting, Eric Ness from the Small Business Administration said it’s important to get the right information out to workers and employers. “The importance of doing sessions all over the state of Wisconsin is getting them the right information so that they know, What do I need to do?, When do I need to do it?, and How is this going to affect me?, and I think if we can get that information, then small businesses can make the correct decisions, make good planning decisions on what to do in the future, because now they know what they need to do.”

One deadline coming up quickly is for businesses to notify their employees what they plan to do next year. “If you’re a small business owner, let your employees know, and actually the Department of Labor on their website they have a couple of sample letters where you can let your employees know what you’re going to do, are you going to provide insurance or not?, so they can be positioned to see what they should be doing also.

The panel included Ness along with staff from the Center for Medicaid Services, the Internal Revenue Service, and Congressman Ron Kind.

Ness says there are several resources for citizens and employers online, starting with healthcare.gov. More resources are available at sba.gov and irs.gov.

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