December 18, 2015

WHICH IS WHY WE'LL REFORM IT, NOT REPEAL IT:

Big surge in enrollment lifts Obamacare marketplaces (Noam N. Levey, 12/18/15, LA Times)
 
A big surge of consumers this fall is pushing up enrollment in health coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act, providing an unexpected boost to insurance marketplaces created by the law, according to new data from the federal government.

Through this week, nearly 6 million people have selected health plans for 2016 through HealthCare.gov, the federally operated insurance marketplace that serves residents of 38 states, including Florida, Texas and Illinois. [...]

Hundreds of thousands of additional consumers have selected plans through marketplaces operated by the remaining states, including California, New York, Connecticut and Maryland.

The strong demand for Obamacare coverage in the law's third enrollment period may further solidify the markets, which are still evolving as insurance companies and consumers continue to adapt to the new healthcare environment.

And it could help further drive down the nations' uninsured rate, which has plummeted since the health law's coverage expansion began in 2014.

Polls and other surveys indicate some 17 million previously uninsured Americans have gotten coverage through marketplaces, Medicaid and other sources.

Posted by at December 18, 2015 4:06 PM

  

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