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A senior adviser to Sierra Leone's president says a third doctor has died from Ebola, marking a setback in the country's fight against the virulent disease.More >>
A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse.More >>
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A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
Thousands of uninsured Americans have been waiting for Oct. 1, the day open enrollment begins for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Uninsured citizens can go to Healthcare.gov starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to find insurance. By clicking the green box that says "See your options," users can answer questions and find out what kinds of coverage options will be best for them.
"I would anticipate there's going to be a total volume there," said Dave Spiess, a health insurance specialist with the Northwest Ohio Association of Health Underwriters. "It may take a couple of weeks for the activity level to settle down where you can get on it during the normal business hours."
Spiess is helping individuals and businesses get through the many twists and turns of the Affordable Care Act by answering key questions, such as:
If you're uninsured, do you have to sign up right away?
No, you have until March 31, 2014. After that, an annual penalty of $95, or 1 percent of your income, kicks in.
When does the healthcare coverage take effect?
January 1, 2014, as long as you sign up by December 14.
If you don't have a job, will you have to pay for coverage?
It depends on your income level and demographic. You could pay a minimal amount, or no premium at all.
Does it cost money to enroll?
You may be required to pay the first month's premium when you enroll.
Spiess says to be patient.
"Begin poking around. Try to familiarize yourself, but probably as importantly, align yourself with a professional that can provide the guidance and the wisdom," he said.