Utah's Obamacare enrollment up 24 percent from previous year

Utah's Obamacare enrollment up 24 percent from previous year

Between Nov. 1, when open enrollment began, and Monday's deadline to have coverage in place by the New Year, 6.36 million consumers signed up for marketplace coverage through HealthCare.gov, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Nationwide, 6.4 million consumers have signed up for health insurance marketplace plans through HealthCare.gov, an increase of 400,000 plan selections compared to past year at this time.

In October the government said it expects 1 million more people will sign up for health insurance on the exchanges than in 2016. The numbers don't include consumers who are automatically enrolled. Open enrollment ends on January 31, but individuals must select and pay for coverage by mid-December in order for it to take effect by January 1. The number of adults without insurance fell from 19 percent in 2013 to 12 percent previous year, the report said.

Burwell on Wednesday said that more than 30,000 people who have called the customer help line at HealthCare.gov have asked whether they should sign up in a plan given the election of Trump, who has vowed to repeal Obamacare. Thirteen percent of adults still said they went without care because of the cost a year ago, down from 16 percent in 2013.

A year ago, HHS announced that more than 8.2 million Americans, and almost 178,000 Hoosiers, had either enrolled or been automatically re-enrolled in insurance plans during the November 1-Dec.

Almost 200,000 West Virginians stand to lose their health care coverage next year if the Affordable Health Care Act is repealed and replaced, as promised by the Trump administration.

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Of the 4.4 million children who would lose coverage in 2019, 88 percent would have working parents and 54 percent would be non-Hispanic whites.

HHS also did not specify Wednesday how many people enrolled in new plans because their insurers had withdrawn from the marketplace.

"We not saying that everything was solved by the Affordable Care Act, or the Affordable Care Act caused this", he said during a conference call with reporters. But she stressed the Affordable Care Act is still "the law of the land" and each plan is a contract for 2017, regardless of what happens in Congress. Warnings that high premium increases in some states would discourage customers from purchasing insurance have not proven true, she said: "The doomsday predictions about the marketplace are wrong".

"It's not only me", she said.

Better value through the 80/20 rule: Because of the ACA, health insurance companies must spend at least 80 cents of each premium dollar on health care or care improvements, rather than administrative costs like salaries or marketing, or else give consumers a refund.

Enrollment in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act in DE continues to grow. Wisconsin large group health insurance costs (premiums and deductibles) have more than tripled since the year 2000, increasing 226% statewide, with regional rates of inflation varying between a low of 168% in Madison to highs of 381% in Green Bay, 265% in Appleton, 263% in Oshkosh, and 231% in Milwaukee, for benefits packages that is less generous.