Despite Trump's Best Efforts, Obamacare Enrollment Reaches New Highs

Wednesday, 08 Nov, 2017

There was also a sharp uptick in visits to HealthCare.gov, the federally run insurance marketplace that sells Obamacare plans in much of the United States. If you don't qualify for government help - watch out. Most people who sign up for coverage get help paying for their premiums, and you may also be able to get help with your copays and deductibles.

The same 25-year-old can also find a Blue Cross plan that costs $35.35 a month.

Let's start with the unsubsidized. For instance, a 48-year-old consumer earning roughly $30,000 can find a zero-premium bronze policy in nearly 1,050 counties next year, up from 132 counties in 2017, according to an analysis by Oliver Wyman consulting group. If more uninsured Americans learn about the benefits of regular, routine health care, they'll see the value to themselves and their families, and the ACA will thrive.

"I'm still reeling by the figures that I saw", Virginia resident Melissa Davis, 51, wrote me. Her county has just one marketplace insurer, Optima, after Anthem made a decision to exit Virginia for next year. This plan does not cover students who are USA citizens.

Most people could use assistance when picking a plan. Skimpier bronze plans cost 18 percent more.

Purchasing health insurance can be confusing and overwhelming for many people. And that's with a hefty $12,400 deductible.

Ryan added: "To me, we are a very wealthy country".

"Everyone can blame it on this person or that, but in the meantime we little folks are getting caught in the crossfire", LoPinto wrote.

"I don't think I anticipated quite how intentionally the administration would undermine the law", said Jessica Altman, the state's acting insurance commissioner. Almost 84 percent of people who requested assistance when shopping for plans in 2014 said insurance agents and brokers were helpful.

In September, the Congressional Budget Office said it expected 2018 enrollment to reach 11 million people versus about 10 million this year.

But here's the flip side of the coin. New this year will be a call-back feature so consumers can opt to get a return call, rather than wait on hold.

"Having affordable health insurance coverage is an essential part of being healthy", said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen. They need insurance to lower those costs.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, the sole Obamacare insurer in most of North Dakota, increased online advertising for 2018, while traditional TV and radio advertising remained about flat, spokeswoman Andrea Dinneen said. Yes, based on a household's income and size, subsidies are provided by the federal government to help pay for premiums.

Exchange plans are generally more attractive for individuals and families who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty level.

"It's never been this confusing for consumers", said Andrea Ravitz, director of marketing and sales for Access Health CT, which extended enrollment by a week to December 22.