ACA Sign-Ups Have Lagged For 2019. But What Does That Mean?

Pearl Mccarthy
December 15, 2018

"You can go to CoverAZ.org and you can literally make an appointment to sit down with an assister, or you can ask questions on the chat feature also on CoverAZ, and they will be answered", Allen Gjersvig, enrollment director at Alliance for Community Health Centers, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Thursday.

"REMINDER! Open Enrollment ends on SATURDAY, December 15th!"

Justice Department lawyers urged the judge to strike down the individual mandate and provisions requiring insurance companies to cover individuals with preexisting health conditions and charge them the same premiums as healthy individuals.

From Nov. 1 to December 8, roughly 32,275 Mainers either signed up for individual ACA insurance or actively renewed their policies - down 21 percent from 40,600 Mainers the previous year. The unemployment rate fell from 4.1 percent to 3.7 percent over the course of 2018, and it's also hard to know how many people aren't showing up on enrollment tallies because they are just sticking with the plan they have. But only 105,000 had signed up on the ACA, or "Obamacare", marketplace as of last week. More than 80 percent of Arizona consumers qualify for federal subsidies that will reduce the cost of their insurance even further.

The sign-up deadline in most states is this Saturday, for coverage beginning January 1.

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Those cuts are believed to have impacted enrollment in more than 30 states that rely on the federal ACA exchange.

By phone. Consumers can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Agents and Brokers can help consumers enroll through the Exchange or handle the whole process.

The open enrollment deadline falls on a Saturday this year, and many doctors offices aren't open on the weekend.

CMS has sent over 600 million emails and text messages to consumers to remind them of the 2019 Open Enrollment Period and the upcoming deadline.

Established under the ACA in 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace is an aggregation of plans where a person not insured by other means, such as an employer, Medicaid or the Veterans Administration, can purchase private insurance.

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