Maps Show A Dramatic Rise In Health Insurance Coverage Under ACA

Fact Check Physician Numbers Up Under Obamacare

President Donald Trump's threat to halt some subsidies for health insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act would threaten coverage for 2,030 La Crosse County residents, according to Citizen Action of Wisconsin.

Despite efforts to rekindle repeal talks, insurers have remained largely focused on whether payments embedded in the law, called cost-sharing reductions, are going to continue in 2018.

Funding for the program "must be included" as "permanent mandatory spending", an aide to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told POLITICO. Major insurance companies panicked and major participants like Humana Inc. and Aetna, have left or announced their intention to leave the Obamacare exchanges, citing multi-million-dollar losses and patient populations that are far costlier and sicker than they expected. Democrats are now demanding that the issue be addressed and that the Trump administration must continued to make cost-sharing payments to insurers as it weighs options.

In a Wall Street Journal interview this week, Trump raised the possibility of shutting off the money if Democrats won't bargain on health care.

An open-enrollment window that is roughly half as long as the current window of 90 days.

-Allowing an insurer to collect past debt for unpaid premiums from the prior 12 months before applying a consumer's payments to a new policy. "I don't want people to get hurt", he told the WSJ. The conservative group Judicial Watch, which has been tracking the cost of presidential travel for several years, estimates that President Trump's frequent visits to his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago probably cost the government around $1 million each.

"Moreover, health plans have indicated that failure to continue CSR subsidies could cause many of them to exit these marketplaces and discontinue offering individual market coverage or significantly increase premiums", the statement said.

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Curbs on "special enrollment periods" that allow consumers to sign up outside the normal open enrollment window.

And if you got one of them, then you have to fill out a very complicated separate form to see if the tax credits you got from the government were too much or too little or just the right amount.

"Most people, when they think about Medicaid, they think of it as sort of a low-income, working population welfare health care program", says Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

This year saw premium increases averaging 25 percent for a standard plan in states served by HealthCare.gov. In response, the Obama administration tightened some of these requirements a year ago and announced it would run a pilot program starting this summer to randomly select half of all special enrollment applicants for verification review, holding up the applicant's insurance coverage until they provide the proper documentation.

Most communities will have competing insurers on their public marketplaces next year, but a growing number will be down to one, and some areas may face having none.

Now on his schedule: deciding whether to end the federal government's payments to insurers providing health care to low-income Americans under the Affordable Care Act. These late joiners are likely to use more health care than a healthy person their age, insurers and the Trump administration say, and can drive up the cost of insurance to everyone.

On April 28 the Congress needs to pass a budget to fund the United States Government. A U.S. District Court judge found that Congress did not specifically authorize the payments, making the expenditure unconstitutional. Between the Chamber-their overlords-and the people who actually have to vote them back in office, Republicans are sweating this one.

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