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Mixed reactions as Affordable Care Act takes effect

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

More than 24 hours after the Affordable Care Act went into effect, the impact in Central Virginia remains unclear.

Many doctors and insurance companies are handling millions of new patients, who are now covered. The Obama Administration says more than two million Americans and their families have signed up.

However, reaction to the law is mixed and many medical professionals say it's going to take weeks before we really know the impact of the Affordable Care Act.

As pharmacists count your medication, technicians count more people with insurance.

"We're seeing a lot of new insurance cards," says Meredith Deavers, who works at the Buford Pharmacy in Bon Air. She believes the Affordable Care Act has something to do with the jump and many of them have the same question.

"They're interested to see how their co-pays are going to be if it's actually going to be affordable," says Deavers.

This new era in healthcare promises coverage for all Americans, even if they have a pre-existing condition.

"I have signed up and made the first payment, but we still have nothing as far as paperwork. We have called the company and they can't even tell us about our coverage. Why can't I get any answers?" wrote Woody Harris in response to a post on the NBC12 News Facebook page.

However, Felecia Ramadan wrote, "We are all just fine! We also saved $217 a month, and we got to keep all of our existing doctors. I haven't used the prescription plan yet. Still hoping there will be no surprises."

Deavers says pharmacies and doctors are still working out the kinks when it comes to the effects of the Affordable Care Act. They're asking people to please be patient.

"It's going to be a different road for all healthcare providers," she said.

Open enrollment continues until the end of March. Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor could decide if religious organizations can further delay providing free birth control, while they fight that requirement under Obamacare.

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