Summit County residents' new tool to save on healthcare

Summit County residents' new tool to save on healthcare

SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Greater Akron area residents have access to a new tool that could help save them money on health related costs. is a public service website operated by the Summit County Medical Society with sponsorship from Acme Pharmacy.  The site contains information on free and discounted health care available to the un- and underinsured residents.

Beginning immediately, the public service website will offer information through 2013 on where Summit County residents can find answers to questions about how they might be impacted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which begins to take effect on Oct. 1.

An initial post on ACA reports that the new federal law, passed in March 2010, is expected to affect most everyone at different times between now and January 2014.

According to the website, one good source of information is the website of The Health Foundation of Cincinnati.  The site offers an overview of ACA in PDF form.

Under a heading titled "The ACA increases some taxes and requires insurance," the overview states that:

·       Some rules have changed for healthcare spending and flexible spending accounts, such as that they can no longer apply to over-the-counter drugs.

·       There will be a 10% tax on indoor tanning services.

·       In 2014, individuals must have health insurance or pay a tax, except in cases of financial hardship or religious belief.

·       For 2013, those under 65 who itemize their taxes will realize a higher deduction for unreimbursed medical expenses, from 7.5% to 10%.

Another good source is a government website at  On Oct. 1, people will be able to find answers relating to their personal situations on a section of that website titled "Get Your Options & Info."  A section titled Health Insurance Basics addresses many basic issues, relating to dental coverage, for example, and eligibility for self-employed people.