Open enrollment starts amid confusion over health care law

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"Eight out of 10 people can find a plan for under $75".

Many of these groups are scrambling to fill in the gaps and combat misinformation, helping people decide which insurance policies are best for them and encouraging them to act quickly during the tight enrollment period of November 1 through December 15.

Wednesday marks the beginning of health care open enrollment, but experts say this year's process brings new challenges.

"Many consumers buying coverage on HealthCare.gov have more options will be able to find plans at lower than ever before, despite efforts by President Trump to derail the ACA".

CT consumers can begin shopping for plans on the state's health insurance exchange Wednesday but they'll face higher rates and have a shorter time to enroll in coverage than past years.

Watch your deductibles, co-pays, and most importantly, your out-of-pocket max. While neither carrier that sold plans past year made a decision to leave the exchange for 2018, they were both approved for double-digit rate increases.

In addition to the impact on individual consumers, increased premiums, especially for the benchmark plans, have major implications for the federal budget.

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Nearly every state will feel the spikes at a time when enticing consumers to sign up for coverage has never been harder. Accordingly, most insurers set premiums for 2018 as if CSRs would not be available, hence the large increases. Cheaper bronze plans will climb 18 per cent. And that means requirements for most people to have insurance, and for employers to offer it, are also the law. The 2018 filing season will be the first time that the IRS will not accept tax returns that lack coverage information, the agency announced last week. However, what you can expect to change are premiums.

People should sign up earlier to avoid a rush as the deadline approaches because high user volumes may slow the website down, Tolbert said. One other misconception is that people can now buy the insurance across state lines.

Making Moffett's job even harder than she thought it would be.

Victor Rodriguez said during a phone-banking session in Miami that he recently began getting insurance through disability, but he's planning to re-enroll his wife through the federal marketplace. Previous year was a banner one for the program: 12.2 million Americans enrolled, including 549,158 from North Carolina (fourth most in the country), and 149,744 in the Triangle.

The Pennsylvania Health Access Network is a nonprofit that employs navigators throughout the state, including the Lehigh Valley, 877-570-3642.

Third, there is help available.

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