Obamacare Signups Exceed Expectations, Reach Over 50,000 in NH
CONCORD (AP) — An organization that helps people understand the Obama-era health care law and connects them with resources says more than 50,000 New Hampshire residents enrolled in a plan for 2018 during the shortened sign-up period that ended Dec. 15.
Covering New Hampshire says the total of 50,275 includes people who renewed coverage from 2017 or got coverage for the first time. About 20,000 customers of Minuteman Health, which isn't offering plans for 2018, have until March 1 to select a new plan.
The next open enrollment period is Nov. 1-Dec. 15 for 2019 health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act if it isn't repealed.
Others who have had certain "life events" may qualify for a special enrollment period outside the normal time. Those events may include losing health coverage, moving, getting married, having a baby, or adopting a child.
President Donald Trump has celebrated the GOP tax legislation, claiming it fulfills his campaign promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"Obamacare has been repealed in this bill," he said during a Cabinet meeting last week, a thought he reiterated on Twitter on Tuesday.
Based on the fact that the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate has been terminated as part of our Tax Cut Bill, which essentially Repeals (over time) ObamaCare, the Democrats & Republicans will eventually come together and develop a great new HealthCare plan!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2017
But the bill only repeals the individual mandate, which imposes a tax penalty for failing to purchase health insurance — a significant, but small part of the law — rather than the extensive legislation passed by his predecessor.
Trump-backed GOP efforts to undo the health care legislation failed repeatedly earlier this year, and congressional lawmakers are debating needed fixes to the bill to stabilize the individual marketplace.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says more than 8.8 million people enrolled in the 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website, 96 percent of the total last year. That exceeds what experts thought was possible after another year of political battles, rising premiums and insurer exits.