Sign-up deadline is Saturday for ACA health law coverage

Faith Castro
December 15, 2018

But federal data shows the average number of people signing-up daily, is down more than 9%.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the number of signups is down almost 12 percent compared to previous year. From Dec. 2 to 8, the sixth week of open enrollment, 934,269 people signed up for coverage via healthcare.gov, the most in any one-week period this year. Agents and brokers can help consumers enroll with HealthCare.gov or handle the whole enrollment process.

In North Carolina, signups are down about 14 percent compared to a year ago.

There are also fewer people enrolling for the first time in the marketplace.

Coverage takes effect January 1. "The ones who are not are just not going to buy it - no matter if there's a penalty or not".

From Nov. 1 to December 8, roughly 32,275 Mainers either signed up for individual ACA insurance or actively renewed their policies - down 21 percent from 40,600 Mainers the previous year. It revolves around Congress effectively eliminating the individual mandate penalty by reducing it to $0 as part of the 2017 tax cut bill.

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Marchand said it might be an affordability issue or traditionally disenfranchised groups who for one reason or another are skeptical about alerting the government to their presence.

California and Democratic officials in 14 states, along with the District of Columbia, won permission to defend ACA in the Fort Worth case when the Trump administration sided with the states seeking to dismantle it.

Still, the enrollment period ended with 53,000 enrolled in Iowa, suggesting many people waited until the last second.

"For those people who are completely satisfied with their insurance, if they don't go and re-enroll, they will automatically be re-enrolled in the plan that they're now in", said Doug O'Brien, Regional Director of the Department of Health and Human Services in Chicago. These plans, which could be picking off ACA customers, often don't cover things like prescriptions drugs and pre-existing conditions.

"Today's ruling enjoining Obamacare halts an unconstitutional exertion of federal power over the American health care system while our multistate coalition lawsuit works its way through the courts", Paxton said in a staement.

The open enrollment deadline falls on a Saturday this year, and many doctors offices aren't open on the weekend.

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