Obamacare enrollment opens, launches local ad campaigns

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 05:52:35 PM. The administration announced in August funding for advertising for Affordable Care Act enrollment would be cut from $100M in 2017, to $10M in 2018.
Obamacare health insurance enrollment kicked off on Wednesday, with a drastically shorter enrollment period than in previous years. Consumers have just six weeks, rather than 12, to select their 2018 health care plan. The enrollment period comes in the wake of President Donald Trump draining almost all funding to promote sign-ups, and decreasing the availability of “navigators” who help individuals and businesses shop the marketplace. The administration announced in August that funding for advertising for Affordable Care Act enrollment would be cut from $100 million in 2017, to $10 million in 2018, and that funding for navigators would be cut around 40 percent. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 93 percent of Illinois residents were insured in 2016, up by 3 percent from 2013. More than 350,000 Illinois residents enrolled through the marketplace in 2017, according to the The Illinois Department of Insurance. The department expects enrollment numbers for 2018 to remain consistent, hovering between 350,000 to 380,000, as they have for three years. The enrollment period ends Dec. 15. The Department of Insurance hosted a press conference on Wednesday, announcing a partnership with GoHealth that will allow consumers to receive over the phone support from licensed insurance agents while shopping for coverage on Get Covered Illinois, the state’s online marketplace. The Get Covered website provides the all the marketplace options available on Healthcare.gov. “We have taken...Read more
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