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Five Things to Know as Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins

October 31, 2017

November 1 marks the start of open enrollment for coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. Despite repeated threats from the White House and congressional Republicans to repeal or undermine the ACA, people across the country should rest assured that they can enroll in comprehensive coverage for 2018. Here are a few things they should keep in mind as they shop for coverage:...

80% of Consumers Can Enroll in a 2018 Plan for Less Than $75 Per Month

Trump Administration Undermining Community Efforts to Help Marketplace Consumers

October 4, 2017

Trump Administration actions will leave far fewer Americans with access to trained enrollment assisters, or “navigators,” during the six-week open enrollment period for health insurance marketplace coverage that begins November 1.  Navigators help people select plans that meet their needs, apply for subsidies to lower their premiums, and deal with other issues.  As a result, fewer people will...

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Trump Administration Slashing Funding for Marketplace Enrollment Assistance and Outreach

September 1, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to drastically cut funding for consumer outreach and assistance for enrolling in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces comes as a shock to the hundreds of community- and state-based organizations that were counting on CMS finalizing its awards to these organizations today. But it will also mean that fewer...

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U.S. Immigrants With Lawful Status Couldn’t Buy Marketplace Coverage Under Senate Plan

June 23, 2017

To enroll in health plans sold in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, individuals must verify that they are U.S. citizens or have an immigration status that allows them to live in the United States. The Senate health bill would close the door to many immigrants with lawful immigration status who want to buy insurance plans in the marketplaces. It goes even further than the already...

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Rate of Health Care Marketplace Signups Leading to Enrollment Up Slightly Over Last Year

June 16, 2017

This year as usual, fewer people enrolled in marketplace coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by paying their first premium than signed up during open enrollment. President Trump cited this normal drop-off to show that the ACA marketplace is in a “death spiral” because, the Administration says, people can’t...

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Take Action to Get Health Coverage and Stay Covered

February 16, 2017

Some consumers may wonder whether to take steps to get and keep health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), given continual news about Republican plans to repeal the ACA, but the clear answer is, yes, take action. These plans provide access to medical care that includes free preventive services. Otherwise, individuals and families can find themselves uninsured and exposed to financial...

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Sabotage Watch: Are ACA Opponents Trying to Undercut Enrollment So There’s Less Coverage to Replace?

January 31, 2017

This is the first in a series of posts that will track policy or process changes that would sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) even without President Trump and Congress repealing it. These efforts put the health security of people at risk by weakening coverage, raising premiums, and reducing insurer participation in the individual insurance market.

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Still Time to Enroll in 2017 Health Coverage, But Act Fast

January 23, 2017

It’s not too late to sign up for an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace health plan, but uninsured people should act quickly. The 2017 open enrollment door shuts on January 31.

With media reporting on Republicans’ plans to repeal the ACA, it’s no surprise that over 40,000 concerned consumers...

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Affordable Care Act Signups Continue Rising

January 11, 2017

More than 11.5 million people have already signed up for health plans in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) marketplaces during this year’s open enrollment period, which ends January 31, the Department of Health and Human Services reports. As of December 24, signups outpaced last year by...


Now’s the Time to Enroll in Marketplace Health Plans

December 14, 2016

People who want to sign up for health plans in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual marketplaces must do so by December 15 for their coverage to start on January 1. The open enrollment period — when people can newly enroll in a plan or change plans — runs until January 31, but coverage for people signing up after December 15 won’t start until February or March.  This is also the time for...

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