Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

If you miss the Saturday deadline, NY is one of a handful of states that lets you enroll on the state exchange through January 31.

Ravitz said the state has spent about $4 million on advertising and outreach to prod Connecticut residents to sign up, and encourage those already enrolled in an ACA plan to shop around on the Access Health CT site to determine if there's better, cheaper coverage for them next year.

A status report Wednesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed almost 20 percent fewer new people signed up than at about the same time past year.

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

However, the law will remain in place for now. These include banning insurers from denying people policies or charging them more based on their medical histories, as well as limiting coverage of the treatment they need.

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

As the deadline to sign up for insurance on Connecticut's Affordable Care Act's marketplace looms, officials say enrollment in the state is matching last year's pace.

The new numbers suggest there may be less demand for government-subsidized insurance during a time of strong economic growth.

A year ago about 11.8 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance during the ACA's open enrollment period.

For people who don't have insurance through their employers - or for people who do have that coverage but find the monthly costs too high - the state insurance marketplace might offer a more affordable option, Gonzalez said.

Sean Sheehan, the deputy director of the Department of Vermont Health Access, said long wait times on the phone are likely ahead of the December 15 deadline, so he encourages residents to sign up on the Vermont Health Connect website.

Justice Department lawyers urged the judge to strike down the individual mandate and provisions requiring insurance companies to cover individuals with preexisting health conditions and charge them the same premiums as healthy individuals.

Still, President Donald Trump immediately celebrated the ruling via Twitter and said Congress must now act. But such plans may appeal to healthy people looking for a measure of financial protection against an unexpected illness.

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

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