Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

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

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

This is because plans are priced based on a household's income and family size and also because it helps calculate a monthly tax credit that can be used toward payment.

A federal appeals court on Thursday narrowed an order that had blocked President Donald Trump's administration from enforcing new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women's birth control.

By contrast, there were 546,000 more sign-ups at the same point in last year's open-enrollment period, when the cumulative number of plans selected reached about 4,678,000 at the end of the sixth week.

As of December 8, a little more than 25,000 people have enrolled.

For the first time since started offering coverage, average premium rates for a benchmark silver plan in2019 have gone down across the 39 states that use the federal website.

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"We've had a lot of green card holders coming in because they think they might be affected", said Kori Hattemer of Foundation Communities, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, that helps enroll people for coverage. Customer representatives are available every day, except certain holidays.

Hattemer says their enrollment numbers are about 9 percent below the same time a year ago.

She says one factor in lower enrollment numbers could be that this is the first year there's no tax penalty for not having comprehensive insurance. Some 10 million are still enrolled.

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

A former Republican Senate health care staffer who launched Rhode Island's health marketplace said ongoing consumer education is needed to grow enrollment.

But Health and Human Services regional director Doug O'Brien says the process has become more user-friendly.

But boosting sign-ups "was not a priority" for the Trump administration, said Ferguson, now a consultant.

The AP's VoteCast survey during this year's elections showed that 59 percent of voters want the government to ensure coverage for all Americans.

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