Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
People | By Neil Grant

Assistance available ahead of ACA sign-up deadline

Assistance available ahead of ACA sign-up deadline

And, earlier this year, Trump ended federal subsidies that helped keep premiums low.

"It's impossible for me", said Kayla Brown.

The number of those who enrolled through the exchange as of February 15, 2017 - after the January 31 deadline - totaled 47,395, almost double the amount of those who enrolled this year through December 9.

Still, the survey finds that more than half of respondents do not know Obamacare's open enrollment ends this week. And that's a win/win if we've ever seen one. When ACA/Obamacare became law in 2010, it contained a provision expanding Medicaid to cover Americans who couldn't afford health insurance through Obamacare but also weren't now eligible for coverage under Medicaid.

Nationwide, Watkins said, officials expected a 15 to 20 percent drop in ACA enrollments.

Gov. Roy Cooper sent a letter to Washington asking to extend the enrollment period for North Carolinians by another week, but says people shouldn't count on that happening. Only 36,000 had signed up as of last week.

This year, there is also a special enrollment period for individuals who have been affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The enrollment numbers undermine the contention that the administration is, well, undermining enrollment, says Christopher Condeluci, a former Senate Finance Committee Republican counsel who helped draft portions of the ACA.

In truth, about 80 percent of current ACA enrollees still receive some sort of subsidy.

One healthcare expert, Doug Badger, a senior fellow at the Galen Institute, said in August 2017, "The number of people with individual health-insurance coverage is shrinking".

That's Kentucky's untold story, Watkins said. Much of the rest of the money comes from Obamacare subsidies doomed if and when Congress succeeds in doing in Obamacare, a prospect only slightly dimmed by the Democrats' unlikely win in Alabama.

Monthly premiums take into account age and income.

ObamaCare prices will continue to skyrocket for families in 2018, thanks to increasing premium costs and ObamaCare taxes.

For all age brackets and incomes, anyone who chooses the gold plan pays a premium. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS reported Wednesday that almost 1.5 million people had selected plans through last Saturday.

Will the requirement that that most Americans have health insurance or face a tax penalty be lifted?

There is free help available, both in person and over the phone. But we don't want to get into the questions and unknowns of what will happen in 2019.

There has been a lot of talk at the federal level of peeling back, if not the entire Affordable Care Act, then certainly large pieces of it.

HIT places small businesses in a particularly bad position, as they will be paying over $500 more per family coverage policy in 2018.

"Most of them are pretty happy about it", she said.

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