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Roanoke ACA navigator walks people through enrollment process

03 November 2017, 01:09 | Gordon Grant

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Sign-up gets underway today for the Delaware's Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Trump administration cut the law's advertising budget by 90 percent for next year. A release from the state stated that early enrollment is important because the federal government has announced planned maintenance shutdowns ofHealthCare.govon most Sundays during open enrollment. 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.

Between 2016 and 2017, an additional 386,052 New Yorkers signed up for health insurance through the ACA, according to the city.

Many people already faced fewer choices and higher premiums. The average premium increase this year has jumped to 36.4 percent, and Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler attributed 10 percentage points of that increase to President Trump's decision to stop funding the cost-sharing reduction assistance.

For 2018, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of DE will offer seven plans for individuals - one gold plan, three silver, two bronze and one catastrophic. All insurers must offer at least one silver and one gold plan. While neither carrier that sold plans previous year chose to leave the exchange for 2018, they were both approved for double-digit rate increases.

The estimate from S&P concludes that enrollment next year could be seven to 13 percent lower than the 12.2 million people who signed up in 2017. United Way of Dane County will help eligible families get insured through its HealthConnect program that subsidizes the cost for an individual or family's out-of-pocket cost of the Silver level health plan.

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Consumers who pick silver plans might also qualify for additional savings through discounts on deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. Seventy-eight percent of PA's enrollees received financial assistance to offset the costs. So if that plan's rate rises, the value of the subsidy does too. This includes people who are not patients at the center.

"We believe that no matter what your politics are, you should have access to this information and the health care you need", Katherine Dorey, a spokeswoman for the agency, told CNN's COVER/LINE in an email. She also pointed to the state's efforts to better manage health care costs.

But her family's budget is tight, so she's trying to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump administration significantly cut down on the volume and effectiveness of communications about Obamacare's open enrollment period, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

More than 412,000 Pennsylvanians receive health coverage through "Obamacare" bringing the state's uninsured rate to an all-time low of 5.4%.

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