As we saw on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether it should strike down the individual mandate and the entire ACA in a case we covered in a blog post on Monday. One of the big issues in any debate involving the ACA is coverage for Americans who have pre-existing conditions. During the coronavirus pandemic, this issue is even more important than it was in previous years because more than 10 million cases have been reported, according to The New York Times. Many of those Americans now have a pre-existing condition they did not have last year. Continue reading
Open enrollment begins in just a few weeks and overall it’s looking like a better year for the ACA markets than many earlier expected. As of this writing, there are no “bare” counties and the general trend is toward greater health plan participation in the markets – despite all the undermining by the Trump administration.
Premiums are rising more modestly than last year and in a few actually are falling on average. While we don’t yet have complete insurance statistics for 2018, in 2017 coverage was quite stable, according to the most recent data from the U. S. Census Bureau. Continue reading
Buzzfeed’s Kate Nocera and Paul McLeod last week broke the story that the Trump administration – which has already cut the marketing and navigator budget for the coming shortened open enrollment season – is now pulling out of enrollment events across the country. Its 10 regional directors will not be helping with planning, a break from Obama administration practices. Continue reading