JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The final deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Tuesday.
The future of Obamacare is uncertain with President Donald Trump’s executive order to repeal and replace it. It’s causing a lot of uncertainty for people who aren’t covered by their employer, Medicare or Medicaid.
Change in any form, could take a while, so don’t let this executive action keep you from signing up for health care if you want it.
Carolyn McClanahan with Life Planning Partners says you never know what tomorrow holds so if you haven’t signed up for health insurance you should. McClanahan says Republicans say they won’t take away the ability to get insurance from anyone who is already insured, but if you aren’t insured you may run into some problems.
“The problem is that they are not promising to have guaranteed issue insurance- which means people who are very ill or people of minor medical problems may pay a lot more for their care than those who are healthy,” said McClanahan.
About 11.5 million people nationally signed up for coverage through the ACA's public exchanges at of the end of December.
Millions of others have been covered through an ACA-enabled Medicaid expansion.
Additionally, many young adults have been able to remain on their parents' insurance, since the law also raised the age limit for parental coverage.
Pesident Donald Trump and GOP leaders of both houses of Congress say they'll repeal former President Barack Obama's health care plan and promise to replace it with something better.
“Republicans have an idea that they want to institute what's called free-market principles, which means the consumers will have a shop more for care shop for their prescriptions to keep costs low or they plan on putting aside adoptable plans in place using a health savings account to pay for a lot of your care
After the open enrollment period ends today, only people who experience a qualifying life event, such as a job loss, will be eligible for coverage through the marketplace.