Ad on Bacon's health care vote is partly true

Ad on Bacon's health care vote is partly true

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is reminding residents that open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in the Marketplace begins today (Nov. 1) and goes through December 15. Across the state help is available from navigators at many Community Action Agencies, assisters at Federally Qualified Health Centers, and at many hospitals.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor has introduced a bill that would guarantee funding for Navigators initiatives that provide critical assistance to help families pick the health plan that is right for them.

"When you're budgeting, you have to take into account all the costs", said Jodi Ray, director of Florida Covering Kids and Families at USF and director of Florida's navigator grant.

November 1, 2018: First day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2018 insurance plan. If consumers don't have major medical health insurance for the 2019 coverage year, they will be on their own for major health care costs, but they won't be penalized at tax time.

"Through Get Covered New Jersey, we are working with agencies and nonprofit partners to make sure residents hear the message that now is the time to buy health insurance for next year so that they can get the coverage they deserve", said Commissioner Caride.

"The plans and coverage are really comparable to a year ago", says Kori Hattemer, the director of financial programs at Foundation Communities.

The marketplace is a key part of the Affordable Care Act. "When first learning about their coverage options, young people need all the information they can get, and both in-person outreach and advertising make a difference in getting them covered".

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But Ommen also praised non-ACA compliant options that he said offered an affordable option for Iowans who do not qualify for subsidies on their health care coverage, including the Farm Bureau Health Plan, a new coverage plan that was created by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for this coming year. The state has only one provider.

The state health department said prices for most of its insurance policies are not increasing from 2018 to 2019. For coverage in 2018, about 82 percent of enrollees in DE were eligible for tax credits, which help reduce the cost of the monthly premium.

Consumers no longer face a penalty for failing to purchase insurance in 2019. New to the mix of carriers this year is Oscar Health, which is offering competitively priced bronze and silver plans.

She added, "This year the president and Republicans in Congress have made it more hard for hardworking families to sign up for affordable health care due to their sabotage, including massive cuts for national outreach and enrollment efforts".

Two insurers - Delta Dental of Delaware, Inc. and Dominion Dental Services, Inc. - will offer a collective 11 stand-alone dental plans on the Marketplace. But the ACA is still the law of the land and financial assistance is still available for low and middle-income consumers. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, that tax penalty will be reduced to nothing.

For people looking to purchase health insurance, the SCC has several tips.

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