Economy

Obamacare enrollment in NJ down slightly from previous year

Obamacare enrollment in NJ down slightly from previous year

That pace of enrollment in Utah and elsewhere was consistently faster than a year ago, and in the final week, CMS reported that a total of about 90,000 Utahns joined the ranks of those insured under the ACA.

He also questioned whether the mandate has been effective in prodding people to get health insurance coverage.

"August in each year they're coming in saying, 'I've run out of medicines - I can't afford them anymore, ' and their health suffers", he said.

Israel in touch with '10 countries' over embassy moves: deputy
She spoke a day after Guatemala said it would move its embassy to the city, a move slammed by Palestinian officials as "shameful". Guatemala and Honduras are both reliant on United States funding to improve security in their gang-ridden territories.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2018 enrollment numbers for Affordable Care Act health plans on Thursday, and the number - 8.8 million people signing up for plans - surprised ObamaCare critics and proponents alike. Among the 6.4 million returning customers, CMS said some undisclosed number were automatically re-enrolled.

With the mandate going away, it becomes a vicious cycle of rising premiums and people dropping out of the insurance pools, she said. On top of that, the Trump administration cut enrollment season in half, slashed the ad budget, terminated major payments to insurers, and scaled back grants for consumer counselors.

It's possible that final HealthCare.gov numbers could end up somewhat higher than reported Thursday, partly because late sign-ups in the Midwest and the West have yet to be added in.

Package of manure sent to Steve Mnuchin's Bel-Air home, LAPD says
LAPD West Los Angeles Area Watch Commander Rob Weise reported that Mnuchin was not forced to evacuate his home. Mnuchin is protected by the Secret Service, who have now taken over this investigation from the LAPD.

Now the individual mandate, the Obamacare requirement that all Americans get health insurance or pay a fine, is gone. Analysts at S&P Global Ratings estimated in November that repealing it would mean only about 3 million to 5 million more people without health insurance in 2027, and government savings of just $60 billion to $80 billion. Democrats defended the mandate as necessary to prevent so-called free riding, since if insurers can't refuse to cover pre-existing conditions, some people won't pay for insurance until they're sick. That may have boosted enrollment.

Stanford, with Utah Health Policy Project, said she had anticipated enrollment in Utah would drop by about 15 to 20 percent from a year ago, adding she was "blown away by the numbers we saw today" - especially considering the recent Republican efforts to "sabatoge" the law.

If there aren't a lot of people motivated by the mandate, then removing it "would have little or no effect on people buying coverage", he added.

Civilization VI Arrives On iPad With Unheard Of $60 Price Tag
Aspyr Media says it hopes to eventually support DLC and expansions on the iPad, but did not have any other details to share. As for cross-platform play with the PC versions, Aspyr said it does not support that feature "at this time".


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