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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off DC Health Link's 2019 Open Enrollment Period

Mayor Bowser Kicks Off DC Health Link's 2019 Open Enrollment Period”

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment began on Thursday, and if you want your health coverage to start in January, you have to sign up or re-enroll in a plan in the ACA marketplace by December 15. They will also have options for longer duration short term health insurance plans that were not available past year.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor has introduced a bill that would guarantee funding for Navigators initiatives that provide critical assistance to help families pick the health plan that is right for them.

"The expanded healthcare plan options for 2019 give Tennesseans more choices", said TDCI Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.

If you buy insurance on the individual market - either because you don't get insurance from your employer or you work for yourself - your best coverage options are likely still in the Obamacare market. Congressional and gubernatorial candidates continue to insist they support efforts to not bar people with pre-existing conditions from getting coverage or paying exorbitant rates.

Get Covered New Jersey is the first coordinated health coverage public awareness campaign conducted by the State of New Jersey since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the ACA provides states the opportunity to seek a waiver under Section 1332, sometimes called the State Relief and Empowerment Waiver, they have been hard to obtain.

The company will be joined by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the Des Moines insurer that announced it would be returning to the state's insurance exchange and offering ACA-compliant plans for 2019.

As part of last year's federal tax bill that revised the Affordable Care Act passed under President Barack Obama, there's now no penalty on federal taxes for not having health insurance, but there is a state penalty in NY. For coverage in 2018, about 82 percent of enrollees in DE were eligible for tax credits, which help reduce the cost of the monthly premium.

"Through my ENROLL Act, we can ensure that our neighbors keep receiving help finding the right health insurance plan for them".

"It's good to have options for those above 400 percent of the federal poverty level", Ommen said. Bronze plans have low monthly premiums, but high costs when you need care; gold plans have high premiums but lower costs when you need care. For small group plans, costs are expected to increase 0.1 percent.

- For the first time this year, there will not be a penalty for not having minimum essential coverage. Remember, you can always go online to if you want to be sure to get the protections offered in the marketplace plans.

Most marketplace shoppers will qualify for financial help to lower their costs.

Consumers should contact GCI at (866) 311-1119 or visit the GCI website to learn if they are eligible to receive financial assistance based on their income and family size.

Starting in 2019, there no longer will be a federal tax penalty for individuals who can afford coverage, but who choose not to buy it.

For people looking to purchase health insurance, the SCC has several tips.

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