Remote Area Medical director discusses Obamacare's impact

Remote Area Medical director discusses Obamacare's impact

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Stan Brock, director of Remote Area Medical, says most of his patients are seeking dental and vision care. Stan Brock, director of Remote Area Medical, says most of his patients are seeking dental and vision care.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Enrollment for insurance plans under Obamacare starts on Tuesday. One group that already helps a lot of people in East Tennessee with their health care is Remote Area Medical, also known as RAM.

Director Stan Brock says Obamacare will not really affect their mission or the people they help.

Brock says only six percent of the patients they see are children because they are already covered under various state and federal programs.

The problem begins when the children turn 18 or 19 years old, depending on which state they are in.

Brock also says while the majority of RAM's patients are in need of medical care, they come to RAM events seeking dental or vision care

"Unfortunately, in the case of adults, 50 million Americans in this category, that is not going to be covered under the Affordable Care Act unless you pay a significant premium.," said Brock.

Brock also says RAM's patients have a general lack of knowledge about how Obamacare works.

"Hundreds of thousands of people that we are seeing, will they be able to afford basic coverage, $200, $300, whatever it is? These are people that really can't afford pretty much anything other than sustaining life. It really is going to be a bad problem for many Americans, particularly the segment that comes to see us," he said.

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