healthlawanswersThe League of Women Voters of Lincoln-Lancaster County and AARP Nebraska will host a panel discussion about the Affordable Care Act in Lincoln Sept. 12. The public event will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A St.

Panelists will discuss what the health care law means for Nebraskans and how people can obtain health coverage. Speakers include Mark Intermill, advocacy director with AARP Nebraska and Jerusha Hancock, health care access attorney with Nebraska Appleseed. A question and answer session will follow the panel presentation.

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will make health care available to an estimated 196,000 Nebraskans who are not covered by a health care plan now. Open enrollment in health plans starts Oct. 1.

The health care law will provide access to people who have a pre-existing condition, create new marketplaces that will allow insurers to offer more affordable coverage and provide tax credits to lower the cost of coverage.

To learn more about enrollment in health plans and options under the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov or call (800) 318-2596. Another free resource is AARP’s Health Law Guide at www.healthlawanswers.org.