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MENLO PARK, Calif. — With major parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act going into effect in 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new animated video to help people understand the healthcare system changes on the horizon. “The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare” explains the basic changes in the way Americans will get health coverage and what it will cost starting in 2014, whether it’s through their employer, Medicaid, Medicare or buying insurance on their own with the help of federal tax credits.
“The reality is that nearly every American will be touched by the Affordable Care Act in ways small and large, and many will face important decisions this fall,” stated Kaiser Family Foundation president Drew Altman. “This cartoon is meant to demystify a complex law and explain what it means for you, whether you support or oppose Obamacare.”
Written and produced by the Foundation and narrated by former ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the animation was developed to inform and educate Americans about what will — and what will not — change under the ACA.
An April 2013, Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that 42% of Americans were unaware that the ACA is still being implemented, and about half of the public said they did not have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it would impact their own family.
The open enrollment for health insurance marketplaces starts Oct. 1.
A Spanish-language version of the video will be released in the future, Kaiser Family reported.