Some worried about the future of the Affordable Care Act

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The election of Donald Trump as the next president has left many questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Trump has been adamant about his hope to repeal and replace Obamacare if he was elected.

GraceMed Health Clinic in Wichita helped enroll close to 1,600 people in the Affordable Care Act in the past year.

So far this year, Juven Nava, a Certified Health Navigator with GraceMed says they’ve enrolled 55 people since open enrollment began this month.

“Is my Affordable Care Act still active?  What does this mean for me?  What could happen?” said Nava.

That is just some of the questions Nava has been fielding today.

He says they’ve seen an uptick of phone calls with people inquiring about the Affordable Care Act.

“I think it’s a mixture between fear and concern about what is going to happen,” said Nava.

President-elect Donald Trump said during the campaign he would repeal the ACA once he takes office.

Nava says that leaves the future of the Affordable Care Act up in the air.

“It’s going to be a situation where the legislature will need to discuss what is going to happen, either do we penalize individuals for the first six months for not having health insurance or do we do away with all the penalties,” said Nava.

Right now, over 100,000 Kansans are enrolled, so any decision in Washington would be felt here.

Nava is still encouraging clients to enroll while the process shakes out to be covered for the immediate future.

“We still don’t know what’s going to happen, it’s important for you to continue on, enrolling into the ACA, so that way, just in case, you don’t get penalized and you’re having insurance for your healthcare,” said Nava.

Nava has also gotten a lot of questions from people asking if their coverage ends today, or the day Trump takes office.

He’s assuring people it will take time to make any changes to the ACA, Nava says that’s if changes are made.

Until that point, Nava says if you are enrolled, you will be covered by the Affordable Care Act.