This Sunday, The Roanoke Times will publish the second installment of an occasional series on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The idea is to take an issue that has so far played out on a national stage – first in Congress, then before the U.S. Supreme Court, then in last year’s presidential election – and bring it home to Southwest Virginia readers by explaining how they are affected by the law.
In June, the first installment looked at a proposal under the ACA to expand Medicaid in Virginia, offering assistance to the poorest of the poor.
Sunday’s story will examine an insurance marketplace, scheduled to go online Oct. 1, through which low- and moderate-income Virginians will be able to shop for coverage at subsidized rates. My partner in this series, David Ress, has spent many hours going through hundreds of pages of filings by insurance companies to get a better sense of what the system will offer.
Later in the year, we’ll have more stories about other major provisions of the law, which are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
We welcome your comments – and your suggestions for future stories.