Today is the health insurance deadline for enrolling millions of Americans

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The federal government’s shorter end to the open enrollment period cuts off registrations for 2018 today. Americans across the country are being reminded that if they want to enroll before the health insurance deadline for 2018 coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they need to register today. Officials and ACA supporters are reminding people that if they want a health plan, they must enroll by tonight. State insurance departments are encouraging Americans to act with haste if they don’t want to miss the health insurance deadline for enrolling in…

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Colorado health insurance registrations up 29 percent over last year’s enrollment

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State residents are steadily continuing to sign up for their coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Colorado health insurance enrollment is performing considerably better than it was at this time in 2016. Despite a temporary slow down near the end of November, the Affordable Care Act in the state is still seeing far more registrations than had been the case last year. Even with the slowing, the enrollment pace is still significantly faster than was seen in 2016. According to Colorado health insurance data from November, almost 44,000 state residents…

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Democrats call Trump’s birth control insurance plan unconstitutional

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The administration plans to roll back yet another one of Obama’s health coverage requirements. The Trump administrations strategy to undo a requirement for employers to provide workers with birth control insurance in their health plans is a religious endorsement and it is unconstitutional, say a group consisting of 19 Democratic state attorneys general. The reason is that Trump’s plan allows an employer’s religious objections to block an employee’s coverage. Trump’s plan gives employers the opportunity to stop their employees from receiving birth control insurance on religious or moral grounds. The…

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Covered California exchange enrollments experience 23 percent spike

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The number of new customers registering for their health insurance is considerably higher this year. The Covered California exchange has experienced a notable increase in the number of new customers enrolling this year. When compared to the first two weeks of open enrollment last year, the same period this year experienced an increase of 23 percent. From November 1 through November 14, there were an estimated 48,000 new customers enrolled. Comparatively, the number of people who signed up on the Covered California exchange in 2016 during the first two weeks…

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ACA health insurance enrollments growth already outpacing last year

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There are already 600,000 people who have signed up for their plans through the official marketplaces. According to a recent reports on the latest ACA health insurance enrollments, registrations are up and look very promising. In fact, more than half a million people have already enrolled, 23 percent of whom are new to the insurance exchanges. Despite President Trump’s claims that the Affordable Care Act marketplace was collapsing, it’s growing. “More than 600,000 people signed up last week for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, significantly beating the pace…

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State insurance regulators start approving rate hikes to cover Trump’s slashed subsidies

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Officials in Maryland have already given their approval to the last minute increases, but others are following. Insurance regulators in many states are starting to look into last minute health plan rate increases to compensate for the elimination of Affordable Care Act subsidies. Michigan officials have warned that they are already looking into the increases that they are likely to approve. At the same time, Maryland insurance regulators have already given their approval to the rate hikes. These increases are a direct response to President Trump’s executive order that eliminated…

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Cancer insurance coverage rose significantly because of the Affordable Care Act

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The controversial health care law nicknamed Obamacare has made a measureable difference in reducing uninsured adults. The number of adults who have cancer insurance coverage saw a striking increase with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Following Obamacare, a much higher number of Americans who had already received a cancer diagnosis now have health plans. It is yet unknown whether or not the latest health care reforms will continue this positive trend. This cancer insurance conclusion was presented in a study published in the JAMA Oncology journal. The study…

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Health insurance disclosure is required on tax returns to avoid I.R.S. rejection

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The Internal Revenue Service announced its intentions to step up the enforcement of the ACA tax penalty. Even as President Trump works to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the I.R.S. has taken steps to enforce health insurance disclosure on tax filings. The Internal Revenue Service revealed new regulations that will automatically reject digital filings in which insured status is not revealed. This latest announcement reveals an intention to strengthen components of former President Obama’s health care law. The Affordable Care Act already requires health insurance disclosure when taxes are filed.…

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GOP opposition to ACA subsidies suspends bipartisan health care agreement

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Just after bipartisan senators released an eleventh hour effort to save medical coverage, it ground to a halt. A bipartisan effort to rescue the American health care system following President Donald Trump’s annihilation of the ACA subsidies has stalled. Though the agreement had been underway, hours later, it was suspended as the president sent mixed signals and Republicans either opposed it or failed to endorse it. The agreement was created due to a sense of urgency to recover after key payments to insurance companies were withdrawn. As President Trump was…

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Trump ends health care subsidies and places Congress under high pressure

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The President’s decision to cut off payments vital to making insurance plans affordable is creating turmoil. Before the start of the weekend, President Trump decided to singlehandedly eliminate the health care subsidies central to the Affordable Care Act. The move takes away money critical to making sure lower income Americans can afford the coverage they need. Trump’s decision was made to try to put pressure on Congress to repeal the ACA, despite many prior failures. The health care subsidies were added to President Obama’s reforms to protect consumers against the…

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