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Spreading out open enrollment would allow carriers and exchanges to maintain level staffing throughout the year, and would result in better customer service with faster processing of applications and policy changes. Obviously it would require a significant public education campaign, and coordinated efforts on the part of carriers to let insureds know about upcoming open enrollment windows.
April 17, 2014
In states that have not expanded Medicaid, the people who most desperately need help paying for health insurance – those with the lowest incomes – end up in the coverage gap, not eligible for Medicaid and also not eligible for any subsidies to help them pay for a private plan.
March 20, 2014
Most of the folks we met on the tour were unaware that nearly 6 in 10 people who don’t have health coverage and are eligible for coverage through the new marketplaces can find coverage for $100 or less per month. For instance, a 27-year-old who earns $25,000 annually in the Orlando area can find a Bronze plan that costs $102 per month – or a Silver plan for $145 per month – once tax credits are factored in. A family of four earning $50,000 a year can find a Bronze plan that costs $126 per month after tax credits.
March 2, 2014
Despite the Journal’s headline, important progress is being made. Millions of people who previously were uninsured because they couldn’t afford coverage – or couldn’t buy it at any price because of preexisting conditions that made them “uninsurable” in the eyes of insurance companies – already are now insured. And millions of others are able to get as good if not better coverage than they had last year at a lower cost.
January 19, 2014
There’s really something about the opposition – for the reasons you described and from the standpoint of sheer governance, the way in which law is supposed to be enacted and enforced in this country – that is very disturbing and a threat to the functioning of our nation.
October 10, 2013
Conservative organizations are mounting a cynical campaign to undermine the Affordable Care Act by encouraging young healthy adults to “go bare.” Telling young adults to “skip the exchanges, and pay the fine,” their apparent goal is to strangle Obamacare in its crib by worsening the risk pool in the new health insurance exchanges.
August 3, 2013