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New Website Helps Montanans Understand Obamacare

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The face of American health insurance is getting a makeover, but the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is a complex system. On Thursday, launched in an effort to better inform Montanans on their options.

Riverstone Health President, John Felton says, "It's actually really well put together and easy to follow."    

Beginning October first,  the Health Insurance Marketplace for Montana will be an online store.

Policies and options for private companies can be compared, and then purchased. Kristianne Wilson of Billings Clinic says the new policy allows for many people to improve their health, "which is sort of the best asset that each of us has."

22% of uninsured Montanans will be eligible for new healthcare options, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Billings St. Vincent Healthcare CEO, Jason Barker says many patients wait too long to be treated, because they are without insurance.

"So, today many of those folks that are uninsured have to wait until they get so sick that they come to the emergency room for their care. And it's not good for their health," says Barker.    

Barker also says having insurance encourages people to go to the doctor sooner rather than later.

"At the end of the day it's better for everyone. It's better for the system and it's better for those individuals."    

The website is broken down into several sections.  You can also submit a personal question, and receive an answer within five days.

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