Last day of Obamacare open enrollment sets record in NY

Joy Montgomery
February 2, 2017

While there's a lot of uncertainty about the future of Obamacare, Tuesday marks the last day to enroll for coverage for 2017. He says Obamacare requires private health plans for many employers, the self-insured and also Medicare recipients receive basic services like checkups without co-pays.

The bills, introduced in the House and Senate, also seek to allow young people up to age 26 to stay on their parents' health insurance and to ensure that women aren't charged more than men for insurance. Recently, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval raised some concerns when it comes to getting rid of Medicaid. "I would be anxious that a repeal of the ACA would undermine our ability to invest in services for our patients".

At Whitman-Walker, Nicol says, her clients are anxious about what's next. "We may not like those things, but we may have to do those things for the next two to three years to make sure people can buy insurance".

While Republicans still plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Sen. "My answer is a resounding 'yes;' in fact, I'll be signing up for Marketplace coverage myself by the end of the month", Burwell said. However, almost one in seven of those with a chronic disease still lacked coverage, including 20% of chronically ill black patients and one third of chronically ill Hispanics, the researchers found. That deadline comes with worries that many people will be left without coverage if the ACA, known as Obamacare, is repealed. Affordability sometimes just means, "Do I have enough money in my bank account today?"

"Health insurance provides peace of mind, as enrollees enjoy access to necessary services, as well as protection against the unexpected", Riley said.

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"That's a situation where the insurance companies will be filled with people who are high-cost users", Ullmann said. But right now, it's important to know that Obamacare is in effect for 2017 health coverage as long as you pay your premiums.

McCready-Lucus says in some cases, she's advising her customer not to take subsidies.

"If this repeal happens without replacement, we're facing, as a city, some tough decisions on how to fund the health centers", said Robert Schlanz, a financial manager for the health department.

That's likely at the top of the mind of many Republicans who are grappling with how to replace the ACA with a program that will insure at least as many people as the ACA.

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