Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Deadline For ACA Enrollment Is This Weekend

Deadline For ACA Enrollment Is This Weekend

Ravitz said it is important for those who are auto-enrolled in an Access Health CT plan to shop around this year since some plans have been eliminated and others have changed and may not include services from a favorite doctor or coverage of a needed prescription.

Consumers who do not enroll by the December 15 deadline can't get 2019 coverage unless they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. WXXI's Brett Dahlberg has more on what that means for local health care consumers, and the insurance navigators whose job it is to help them.

Enrollment on the exchanges is down around 11% this year, compared to this time last year. That same day, a crush of people tried to enroll in what was the highest traffic this open enrollment season.

For the first time since HealthCare.gov started offering coverage, average premium rates for a benchmark silver plan in2019 have gone down across the 39 states that use the federal website. Consumers can visit HealthCare.gov and CuidadodeSalud.gov to preview 2019 plans and prices and sign up for coverage today.

More than 3 million people nationwide selected health care plans through the federal marketplace at healthcare.gov during the first month of open enrollment, November 1 through December 1, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the marketplace. There are 23 more issuers on the federal Exchanges for 2019 than there were in 2018. Consumers can call the MarketplaceCall Center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

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Health insurance agents & brokers. Customer representatives are available every day, except certain holidays.

Is the Obamacare exchange losing its appeal for IL consumers? Current customers who don't want to make any changes will get coverage automatically renewed for 2019.

Nationally, enrollment in ACA state exchanges has decreased from a year ago.

The group estimates 146,000 South Carolinians are eligible for insurance plans that would carry no premiums next year.

Both the CMS Administrator and HHS Secretary have conducted earned media encouraging people to enroll and social media outreach.

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