On eve of ACA deadline, fewer Iowans enrolled compared to past year

On eve of ACA deadline, fewer Iowans enrolled compared to past year

Altman says she's concerned that about 40,000 fewer Pennsylvanians have signed up so far this year compared to last, but she says many people usually wait until the last week to enroll.

A status report Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed almost 20 percent fewer new people signed up than at about the same time a year ago.

PHOENIX - If you're planning to select an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan for 2019, act fast - open enrollment closes Saturday. A few states that run their own health care websites have later deadlines.

Earlier this week, he posted a video on social media urging people to enroll in what's been commonly called "Obamacare".

The deadline to sign up is Saturday night.

Disappointing sign-ups will add to the long-running political blame game over health care. Plans make frequent changes to their networks of participating doctors and hospitals, and you don't want to find out that your providers have dropped out of your plan when it's too late to make a switch.

Texas and an alliance of 19 states argued to the judge that they've been harmed by an increase in the number of people on state-supported insurance rolls. The mandate requires almost all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty. The court case argued that all of the pieces of the law were dependent upon each other, so by eliminating the penalty the rest of the law fell apart.

For 2019, premiums are stable, more plans are available, and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.

Federal judge strikes down Obamacare as unconstitutional
The Republican led House and Senate, under President Donald Trump , outlawed the individual mandate in the tax cut law past year . Trump tweeted . "Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions".

In Iowa, almost 19,000 people selected individual health plans between November 1 and December 1. The Justice Department appealed both rulings.

For one, people are making more money than they used to, so their income doesn't allow them to qualify for some coverage. Only legal immigrants and citizens can get coverage through HealthCare.gov, but that hasn't calmed the fears. "Pretty much every day we have someone asking us about it".

As part of a 55-page opinion, US District Judge Reed O'Connor said last year's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act took away penalties for not having coverage and thus took out the law's constitutional foundation.

Enrollment on the exchanges is down around 11% this year, compared to this time last year. Some 10 million are still enrolled.

Individuals and families can still sign up for coverage that begins January 1.

"Today's ruling is an assault on 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions, on the 20 million Americans who rely on the ACA for health care, and on America's faithful progress toward affordable health care for all Americans,"Becerra said in a news release".

The Trump administration said in June that it would not defend several important provisions of Obamacare in court.

Still, President Donald Trump immediately celebrated the ruling via Twitter and said Congress must now act. Health insurers were seeking an average 19.4 percent increase. About a third said it should be expanded.

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