Two Days Left to Sign Up for 2019 Coverage Under ACA

Two Days Left to Sign Up for 2019 Coverage Under ACA

Enrollment for health insurance for 2019 ends on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.

"While the district court's absurd ruling will be immediately appealed, Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision and for the fear they have struck into millions of families across America who are now in danger of losing their health coverage", she said.

The deadline to enroll for Connecticut's version of the Affordable Care Act is less than two days away.

But the administration maintained those parts of the law were severable and the rest of the Affordable Care Act could remain in place.

The Trump administration said in a statement this week that "our primary goal is to provide a seamless open enrollment experience for HealthCare.gov consumers and ensure that those who want coverage offered through the (program) can enroll in a plan".

American Medical Association president Barbara McAneny said the group will work with other groups in pursuing an appeal and reversal of the decision.

While premium increases this year were modest compared to some of the steep hikes in previous years, there is another factor in the 2019 open enrollment period that could depress sign-ups - this the first year that there will be no tax penalty for those who decide not to purchase insurance.

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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. More than 80 percent of Arizona consumers qualify for federal subsidies that will reduce the cost of their insurance even further.

Also, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the last-minute enrollment rush is down about 12 percent from this time past year.

In Iowa, almost 19,000 people selected individual health plans between November 1 and December 1. The decision is nearly certain to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court.

Still, President Donald Trump immediately celebrated the ruling via Twitter and said Congress must now act.

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Under the law's community rating provision, insurers are not allowed to set premiums based on a person's health history.

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