Obamacare Sees Doctor Visits Increase - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Obamacare Sees Doctor Visits Increase

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BILLINGS - It's been nearly seven months since Obamacare took effect, and while open enrollment for 2014 is closed, there are still qualifying life events that re-open the healthcare exchange.

According to the office of Monica Lindeen -- Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance -- marriage, loss of a job, or the birth of a child are examples of life events that allow you to sign up for coverage for the rest of 2014.

Here in Billings, St. Vincent Healthcare reports an increase in care at clinics, and a decrease in emergency room visits.
CFO Ron Oldfield said as more people understand the healthcare law, he expects higher enrollment numbers next year.
 
"If you've never had insurance before, but you suddenly have, you are going to be partaking in more of the preventative medicine, and that's the hope -- that we can get to people and prevent issues that might arise," he said.

The securities and insurance office will release detailed numbers on Montana's enrollment next month.
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