There are a lot of reasons the American Health Care Act is bad for consumers, but here are our top 3 reasons lawmakers should reject it.
President Trump’s ACA Changes Will Increase Costs to Consumers, Make It Harder to Enroll in Coverage
Yesterday, despite overwhelming opposition from consumers and a variety of other stakeholders, the Trump Administration finalized proposed changes to the individual health insurance market for 2018 that will increase costs for consumers, reduce financial assistance to help consumers afford coverage, and make it harder for people to enroll in coverage through the marketplaces.
In its first regulatory act, the Trump Administration has laid the groundwork to ensure that “TrumpCare” will cost consumers drastically more, if they are able to sign up for health insurance at all. This tips the balance in favor of insurers at the expense of consumer protections.
Today, we saw the final enrollment numbers for the fourth open enrollment period. They build on earlier reports showing a high demand for coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces (exchanges).
Here’s our quick take on the numbers.
Despite the Trump administration’s attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of consumers signed up for a health insurance plan this open enrollment period.
While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released only the enrollment numbers for people who live in states with a federally-facilitated marketplace (FFM), the numbers clearly show the demand for coverage. The data shows that 9.2 million people enrolled in health coverage in the fourth open enrollment period compared to 9.6 million people in the third open enrollment period. This speaks volumes, considering that nearly the entire length of the open enrollment period was filled with uncertainty over the future of the ACA.
Last night, news broke that the Trump administration has stopped advertising and outreach for the final few days of the fourth open enrollment period. Even though the ads have stopped, the open enrollment period has not stopped. It is critical that consumers hear loud and clear that they can still enroll in coverage through January 31, 2017 and that they can get free local in-person assistance.
The election is over, but open enrollment isn’t.
Sign up through January 31, 2017 to get health coverage through your health insurance marketplace.
The 2016 election results are prompting many questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. While there is uncertainty about these changes in political leadership, a few things are clear now that advocates, assisters, and most importantly, consumers, need to know.
Learn the steps you should take before you go to your state’s health insurance marketplace to shop for and compare plans and choose the best plan for you and your family. Includes directions in English and Spanish.
Explains important health insurance terms so you can make smarter choices when shopping for insurance for you and your family. The brochure is available in English and Spanish.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced plans to implement a pilot project in 2017 that could change the enrollment process for some consumers seeking health coverage through special enrollment periods (SEPs). While details of the proposed pilot project are not finalized, Families USA is concerned that these changes could ultimately lead to fewer people enrolling in coverage.