Affordable Care Act

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data this week on the number of people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for 2018. The federal data shows numbers on 39 states that use HealthCare.gov, the federal health marketplace, to sign up for insurance.

A day after President Trump said the Affordable Care Act "has been repealed," officials reported that 8.8 million Americans have signed up for coverage on the federal insurance exchange for 2018 — nearly reaching the 2017 number in half the sign-up time.

That total is far from complete. Enrollment is still open in parts of seven states, including Florida and Texas, that use the federal HealthCare.gov exchange but were affected by hurricanes earlier this year.

Friday is the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan through the federal government's insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov.

And in a little office park in Northern Virginia, Brima Bob Deen is dealing with the rush.

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The deadline to enroll for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace is Friday.

When Monica Spalding got the renewal letter from her health insurance company with premium details for the upcoming year, she couldn't believe her eyes. The insurer estimated that the share of the monthly premium that she and her husband would owe for their marketplace silver plan would go up from the current $28 a month to $545.

Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
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Sen. Sherrod Brown weighed in on the Senate Republican tax plan, including a piece that he says was slipped-in “in the dead of night” to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

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Republican Sen. Rob Portman said he supports making changes to the Affordable Care Act through the tax bill in the works in Congress.

Health News Florida

If you plan on purchasing your medical insurance for next year from the Affordable Care Act's exchanges, be prepared for some significant changes.  

For people who buy health insurance through the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, the 2018 open enrollment period begins in one week. But many consumers are confused about what to expect. No wonder.

Ohio U.S. Sentators Rob Portman (left) and Sherrod Brown.
Ideastream

Ohio’s two senators agree premiums will go up if a bipartisan compromise on the Affordable Care Act doesn’t get through Congress. But Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman don’t agree on whether that compromise should pass.

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