S&P: ObamaCare enrollment hurt by Trump uncertainty

S&P: ObamaCare enrollment hurt by Trump uncertainty

A new deadline, rising prices and fewer options for help will greet health insurance shoppers as the Affordable Care Act's main enrolment window opens Wednesday.

President Donald Trump repeatedly claims that the Affordable Care Act is in a death spiral, and has withdrawn support for it in many ways, fostering turmoil that has prompted many insurers to drop out or raise rates by double digits. It accepts all insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. The data also shows 31 percent of those who signed up in did so for the first time.

Visiting a navigators could cut down on the time it takes to enroll if you're unfamiliar with the system, Serpas said. Unlike the federal government, which has slashed funding for the ACA advertising budget from $100 million to just $10 million, the city will spend more money this year than last year on open enrollment ads, with a $1.9 million expenditure budget up from $1.2 million.

Many more consumers will be able to enroll in bronze plans and pay nothing each month.

"I worry that we're going to get a lot of people this year that fall in the cracks", said Moffett. The number amounts to a small percentage of the state's almost 950,00 residents, many of whom get employer coverage or are part of the state's Medicaid program.

"When you go out to Healthcare.gov, you're going to compare plans side by side, similar to how you would buy a flight or buy a hotel", Rider explained. The group helped sign-up about 10,000 residents previous year, said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director Ohio Association of Food Banks. This year, her group will be in only the most densely populated areas after losing almost half its funding.

On October 30, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released preliminary data on health insurance premiums for the plans that will be offered through the federal exchanges for the 2018 plan year. In other states you only have until December 15th.

"Access Health is still here to help you enroll and answer your questions", he said.

One group that targets this crowd, Young Invincibles, has beefed up social media efforts around the county and has had a surge of volunteers.

Republicans in Congress hope to turn back to repeal legislation next year. Bronze plans have low monthly premiums but high costs when you need care; gold plans have high premiums but lower costs when you need care. Eight states have only one insurer.

Almost half of counties in the US are expected to have only one insurer offering plans in 2018. Regina Schwartz, the director of the city Health Department's Public Engagement Unit, said that all New Yorkers benefit from greater enrollment.

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