Kaiser Health News consumer columnist Michelle Andrews writes: "If the volume of email from readers of this column is any indication, people are beginning to focus on how the health care overhaul will affect them. With the opening of the online health insurance marketplaces less than a month away, consumers with job-based coverage want to know if they can buy a plan there (answer: yes, but they may not qualify for subsidies); those with individual coverage want to know how the plans will compare with what they currently have (answer: generally better coverage and potentially higher premiums, offset by subsidies); and those who have been unable to afford a plan or turned down because they have medical problems want to know if the marketplaces will provide better options than they currently have" (Andrews, 9/3). Read the column.
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