Deadline is Saturday for Obamacare sign-ups in Washington state

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The deadline to sign up for health insurance coverage for 2019 through Vermont's state-run exchange is Saturday Dec. 15. hh5800 iStock

From Dec. 2 to 8, the sixth week of open enrollment, 934,269 people signed up for coverage via, the most in any one-week period this year. New signups during last year's open enrollment period are down about 18 percent compared to this year.

She laid out a few categories of people who stand to benefit from buying insurance through New York State of Health, the state's insurance marketplace.

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 ruling determined the individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional. A spokeswoman for Becerra said an appeal will be filed before January 1.

As part of a 55-page opinion, US District Judge Reed O'Connor said last year's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act took away penalties for not having coverage and thus took out the law's constitutional foundation.

The growing number of people renewing and signing up this week has accelerated by the day.

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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. More than 80 percent of Arizona consumers qualify for federal subsidies that will reduce the cost of their insurance even further. The Justice Department appealed both rulings.

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But boosting sign-ups "was not a priority" for the Trump administration, said Ferguson, now a consultant. They claimed that when Congress repealed the tax penalty a year ago, it eliminated the US Supreme Court's rationale for finding the ACA constitutional in 2012. President Donald Trump failed to outright repeal the ACA a year ago.

Roughly 11 million Americans have individual or family plans through or their state exchange, and if you're one of them and you do nothing, you'll be automatically renewed into your current health plan.

Under the law's community rating provision, insurers are not allowed to set premiums based on a person's health history.

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