Open Enrollment Begins for 2018 Marketplace Health Insurance Coverage

Hospital leaders predict problems as Trump undermines Affordable Care Act

Hospital leaders predict problems as Trump undermines Affordable Care Act

President Donald Trump's 90 percent cut to Obamacare advertising has USA health insurers in many states digging deeper into their pockets to get the word out about 2018 enrollment, which opened last week.

Older people with low incomes almost everywhere would have access to free "Obamacare" health coverage next year, according to a study released November 2 that found the Trump administration's efforts to undercut the Affordable Care Act have broad unintended consequences.

The momentum has been sustained this week, the sources said.

In the wake of Republican leadership's inability to repeal Obamacare twice, President Donald Trump took action to help Americans who can not afford health insurance.

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Once 26 is reached, there is a special enrollment period. More than 1 million people visited that day, compared with 750,000 past year.

There was also a sharp uptick in visits to, the federally run insurance marketplace that sells Obamacare plans in much of the United States.

In Connecticut, exchange officials ran public service announcements on local television stations and social media in October to make sure residents understood that the Affordable Care Act still exists, financial help is still available and the uninsured will still be penalized. With a drop in marketplace enrollment, the ACA is more likely to implode.

The President also signed executive orders that dialed back certain requirements on insurance companies and de-funded outreach efforts to let people know the dates of the enrollment period. For example, the sign-up period is shorter than it has been in the past. Subsidy payments for those in the marketplace have increased and so in many cases, people can get more affordable and possibly better coverage. Even though the ACA marketplaces lured 3.8 million new enrollees in 2017, individual market enrollment actually fell by 12 percent overall, according to a July report by Mark Farrah Associates. As a result, many Obamacare customers may need to change health plans for 2018, either to work with a different insurer or in response to price increases. Most of these professionals have 10 or more years of experience in the industry.

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Lodes' fellow co-founder at Get American Covered, Joshua Peck, recently estimated that the administration's pullback on enrollment promotion efforts will lead to at least 1.1 million fewer people signing up for Obamacare plans this season compared with last season.

The "free", or zero-premium, policies that appear on the computer screen might jump out at shoppers as a giveaway too good to pass up.

Many in need of health insurance coverage in the United States may not know that now is the time to enroll.

Peck told CNBC that the impact of the Trump administration's moves "is pretty grim".

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