Affordable Care Act Marketplace open enrollment begins

Trump removed the penalty early in his presidency

Trump removed the penalty early in his presidency

ALBUQUERQUE ― The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2018 Affordable Care Act health insurance Plan Selections and Outcomes of applications for 2018 Open Enrollment. The period lasts 45 days, ending December 15 - in most states - and the coverage will take effect January 1, 2019.

Those improvements will mostly be concentrated in urban areas of the state.

In order to qualify to enroll in a healthcare plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.Gov, consumers must live in the United States and be a US citizen or national who is not incarcerated. The time period applies to private health insurance sold either through the federal Marketplace or directly by an insurance company. "We want to make sure consumers are aware of all their options". "So, this is not good for consumers". Short-term health plans offer consumers the flexibility to choose health plans with the benefits that matter most to them and combine these benefits with broad provider networks. Another big change for this enrollment period is the drastic cut in funding for the insurance counselors known as navigators, both in Georgia and nationally. Western Maine Community Action leads a group of Community Action Agencies statewide who offer assistance with eligibility questions and enrollments.

Enrollment is also underway for a non-insurance health benefit plan sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau, a non-profit agricultural organization. Also, the Trump administration relaxed rules regarding short-term policies that exist outside the exchanges, allowing them to provide coverage up to a year. "Fully funding Navigator and outreach programs will vastly improve consumers' ability to cut through the confusion and enroll in the coverage they need".


The sign-up period comes months after a U.S. Census report showed Texas still has the largest percentage of uninsured residents in the country at 17.3 percent, almost twice the national rate. This year, those incomes range from about $16,000 to $448,000 for an individual. Last year, 85 percent of people in ME with marketplace plans qualified. Florida Blue is the only insurer that's offering plans in all 67 counties.

Income-based subsidies that protect consumers from high premiums remain available for next year, as has been the case since the overhaul went into effect.

Individual policies will see an average increase of 1.4 percent in 2019, while SHOP rates will be up by under 3 percent. WXXI's Brett Dahlberg has more on what that means. They are not available for policies purchased off the marketplace or for policies purchased through your employer.

"We have in-person assistance in about half the counties but we're providing enrollment assistance in all 67 counties by phone", said Ray.


"People don't have to be experts". But those who opt out this year won't have another chance to sign up until next November, unless they have a major life change such as marriage or a new job. He said choices are up for the first time since 2015.

The latest ad, launched by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee super PAC, began airing this week and attacks Bacon for his vote on a health care bill.

"From Day One, my administration has been committed to protecting the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey against President Trump's efforts to tear it down".

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