Open enrollment is here. Here's what people should know

08 November, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Garry Little
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The analysis by the consulting firm Avalere Health found that in almost 98 percent of counties served by HealthCare.gov, a 50-year-old making about $18,000 a year would be able to get a basic "bronze" plan for no monthly premium in 2018.

Off-exchange plans aren't subsidized.

Regardless of the initial confusion among people who thought Obamacare was no longer functional, what with President Donald Trump planning to bury it at every opportunity that he gets, people are starting to register for ACA. Some of these plans also generally allow enrollees to visit a wider range of doctors and hospitals.

Florida Blue, which has about 1 million members in Obamacare plans throughout Florida, is increasing its grass roots efforts this year.

Most people could use assistance when picking a plan.

True. While signing up for health insurance may take a short time, start now so there's time to compare the different policies.

HICAP: This website will connect you with helpful information with the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.

"I don't think I anticipated quite how intentionally the administration would undermine the law", said Jessica Altman, the state's acting insurance commissioner.

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There aren't a lot of options to choose from this time around, though.

The Marketplace is a way for people to find health coverage that meets their needs and fits their budget.

It's easy to see why agents and brokers are popular. Because the premium subsidies are paid on a sliding scale based on household income, lower income customers qualify for larger subsidies. In California, for instance, agents and brokers signed up 525,000 people for exchange plans in 2014.

Enrollments on another state-run exchange, Maryland Health Connection, were up even more - by 70 percent - on opening day.

It was a question Foster, the lead community engagement specialist at the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PAHAN), has heard nearly constantly this year, since President Trump and congressional Republicans set out to repeal the Affordable Care Act - and, failing that, to dismantle it from the Oval Office. After Dec. 15, consumers will not be able to enroll in new coverage or make changes to their plan unless they qualify for a special enrollment period. The highest increase was in Iowa, up 69 percent over a year ago. Normally, the federal government spends some $100 million nationwide on advertising encouraging people to sign up for health care; this year, it's spending $10 million.

Guevara said he hopes lawmakers can work in a bipartisan way to "fix the things that need to be fixed".

Americans only have a few weeks to decide on a 2018 health plan.

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