Trump cut $90 million in advertising and outreach spending for the 2018 enrollment period, which opened on November 1, part of his promise to let Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law "implode" until Congress can repeal it. Republicans say the Affordable Care Act, the law that created Obamacare, drives up costs for consumers, while Democrats warn that millions of Americans will be left without healthcare if it is dismantled.
The Baltimore Sun reported that exchange officials said that more than 1,800 people signed up on Maryland's marketplace, compared with 1,055 on the first day of enrollment a year ago.
The momentum has been sustained this week, the sources said.
While New Yorkers will hear a lot about the Affordable Health Care in upcoming weeks as annual enrollment is underway, for millions of other Americans there will barely be a whimper, thanks to the Trump administration's continued efforts to sabotage the federally-subsidized health insurance program. The site logged in over 1 million visitors on the first day of enrollment, compared to 750,000 visits in 2016. Texas uses the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, because then-governor Rick Perry declined to set up a state insurance exchange through the ACA.More news: WWE SmackDown: SHOCK Title Change In UK
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At the next table, Hannah Kamara, a community health specialist at the Health Federation who has worked through every enrollment period since the ACA took effect, walked Angela Vann through her options.
Rising premium subsidies also can make "gold" plans more affordable. For example, the sign-up period is shorter than it has been in the past. So they may be a better fit for the roughly 40 percent of Americans who earn too much to qualify for subsidies.
Other states, including California and NY, have deadlines weeks later. As a result, many Obamacare customers may need to change health plans for 2018, either to work with a different insurer or in response to price increases.
In September, the administration told HHS' 10 regional directors not to participate in state-based events promoting Obamacare enrollment, after years of having done so.
Overall enrollment in Obamacare could fall by as much as 1.6 million below last year's level of 12.2 million signups, in part, due to uncertainty from the administration's actions, according to a forecast last week by Standard & Poor's financial services.
If you buy health insurance on your own ― through an exchange, a broker or directly from an insurer ― then you have until December 15 in most states to pick your plan for next year.