SELZER: 2019 health insurance enrollment has changes

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"The SCC's Bureau of Insurance has tools available that Virginians can use to determine the type of plan that best meets their needs".

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) reminds consumers that Open Enrollment for health insurance coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) began Thursday, November 1st, 2018. He says you can go to healthcare.gov to review these ACA-compliant plans, which have varying deductible and copayment levels.

Of the 107,000 individuals who purchased individual health insurance in 2018, about 68,000 of them received coverage through a grandfathered or transitional policy.

Appointments for enrollment or re-enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid can be made by calling 833-1032. "Our goal is to help every single resident get covered and stay covered".

"It might seem like a plan is cheaper", Hattemer says, "but when you actually look at your income information and your situation there's a plan that actually gets you a lot more coverage for a lower price or similar price". Turek noted that they could also be a practical option for individuals who can't afford ACA coverage, but consumers should be sure they know what they're signing up for because short-term plans can have big gaps in coverage.

She said her organization has established a call center (1-888-230-7772), hired navigators, contacted media, and is working with health care systems and medical providers in getting the word out on enrollment. New rules created by the Trump administration allow more options, including less-expensive, bare-bones plans that lack the consumer protections found in Obamacare insurance.

Federal funding for ACA navigators was cut by more than 70 percent this year, resulting in fewer navigators and outreach events. Those groups include Foundation Communities and Enroll ATX.

"Lack of awareness about coverage options, particularly financial help and deadlines, is one of the biggest barriers in reaching the remaining uninsured. The Navigator program has been a critical resource in this effort to educate and empower consumers", said Erin Hemlin, Young Invincibles' director of training and consumer education.

Those changes come in the form of new legislation from the Trump administration making it easier for people to enroll in short-term plans offered by private insurers or to opt out of buying health insurance altogether. "So if they get sick will it really be there for them?"

Several plans provide limited or no out-of-network benefits.

The marketplace is a key part of the Affordable Care Act. (NASDAQ: HIIQ). This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

But federal funding for navigators who help people sign up in Florida was cut from $4.5 million last year to $1.25 million this year.

"Through my ENROLL Act, we can ensure that our neighbors keep receiving help finding the right health insurance plan for them". "That access provides a critical connection to quality care in our state and to better health".

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