Local residents question concerns of "Obamacare"

By Beau Ebenezer

August 30, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Sign-up for the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare", will begin in about a month, but many local residents are still questioning what it means for them.

Thursday night, the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria sponsored a meeting on President Obama's new health-care reform.

A representative from Governor Pat Quinn's office was there to take questions from dozens of concerned citizens who feel a little overwhelmed.

"We all knew October was a magical date, but that's a whole month away," said President of The League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria, Cheryl Budzinski. "We just thought people were asking questions that needed a few answers."

While some in attendance said they think the law will be a good thing, others like Chris Wade, who is living with HIV, is concerned whether he will be accepted by all medical care providers.

"They talk about incentives for the medical work force to accept people on medicaid," said Wade. "That's an option they have. We don't know if they are going to accept it, and what is that criteria? What's the criteria that the medical providers are going to establish to enroll people."

One of the highlights of the Affordable Care Act is that you cannot be turned down for insurance due to a pre-existing condition.

More information on the new law is expected to be released in September.