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Health dept. has the facts on 'Obamacare' : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Health dept. has the facts on 'Obamacare'

The Kendall County Health Department should be commended for holding free informational sessions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-also known as "Obamacare"-at the county health and human services department building in Yorkville over the past several weeks.

During the sessions, health department counselors provide a general overview of the ACA and answer residents' questions about how the law relates to them.

As we reported last week, county health department officials have announced the weekly sessions will continue every Friday at 10 a.m. through Dec. 15. Health department officials may continue the weekly sessions after the holidays.

In addition to the group sessions, county residents can contact the department's ACA counselors for individual assistance. They can be reached at 630-553-8345 or by emailing

County residents with questions or concerns about the impact of the ACA on their own health insurance and especially those without health insurance and seeking to enroll should consider attending one of the sessions or contacting one of the ACA counselors with their questions.

Controversial since its adoption by Congress in 2010, we look for the ACA to become even more of a political football in the new year as Republican Party candidates-both newcomers and incumbents-will continue to work to repeal it. Meanwhile, the government's inexplicably botched rollout of the ACA's federal website in October hampered the early enrollment and gave the law's opponents one more gas can to throw on the repeal fire.

What this means for county residents in the coming months is the informational clutter on the ACA is only going to become even more intense. We think Richard Larson, a health department counselor, summed up the situation best last week when he told our reporter, Matt Schury, "There's so much noise, there's so much generalization going on (about the ACA). I say, 'Pay attention to your own situation.' Everybody's situation is different.'"

What Larson said is absolutely true. Everybody's situation is different-especially when it comes to healthcare and health insurance. That's why the factual information the health department is offering is so valuable.

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