Open enrollment underway for health insurance plans

Democrats have been on the offense about health care for the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010

ASSOCIATED PRESS Democrats have been on the offense about health care for the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010

Open enrollment for the 2019 plan year begins November 1 and ends December 15, 2018, for Missourians who plan to purchase private health coverage.

"As a primary health provider in Union County, our goal is to help educate residents in an easy-to-understand way, as well as assist those who haven't yet signed up for health insurance or Medicaid, if qualified", said Jim Farris, CEO of Union County Hospital.

Yet the other move - a proposed rule unveiled Monday - could bolster ACA marketplaces by sending millions of people with job-based coverage there, armed with tax-free money from their employers to buy individual plans.

The individual mandate, the official name for the former requirement to have health insurance, was unpopular with many consumers, which led to its repeal.

"The expanded healthcare plan options for 2019 give Tennesseans more choices", said TDCI Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. A licensed insurance agent can help Iowans determine the best plan for themselves and their families, he says. Coverage for plans sold during open enrollment will start January 1.

"But we are providing enrollment assistance in all 67 counties by way of virtual, as well as over the phone appointments", Ray said.

Several groups and organizations have come out in support of the ENROLL Act, including Young Invincibles, Community Catalyst, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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"Consumers want lower costs, quality choices and a healthy insurance market and our health care Navigators can help them gain the right coverage for their needs".

"Lack of awareness about coverage options, particularly financial help and deadlines, is one of the biggest barriers in reaching the remaining uninsured".

"Will they be allowed to get it because of a pre-existing condition is there a hidden limit to what it covers?"

People can check the SCC's Bureau of Insurance's site for a list of carriers that have received approval to offer ACA health benefit plans to people on and off the federal marketplace. "Fully funding Navigator and outreach programs will vastly improve consumers' ability to cut through the confusion and enroll in the coverage they need". OEP provides consumers the ability to shop for new plans and enroll for coverage. (NASDAQ: HIIQ). This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. "Castor and Blunt Rochester for introducing the ENROLL Act and for working to eliminate barriers to enrollment and ensuring that everyone has accurate information about their health insurance options".

Now entering its sixth enrollment year, the marketplace is still an important route to affordable coverage for many in ME and across the country. "That access provides a critical connection to quality care in our state and to better health".

All plans cover essential health benefits such as coverage of pre-existing conditions, outpatient care, emergency services, hospitalization, prescription drugs, mental health and substance use disorder services, lab services, and pediatric services.

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