Sign-up deadline is Saturday for ACA health law coverage


In West Virginia, 10,199 have signed up for insurance coverage on the marketplace as of December 8. However, at this time past year, more than 28,000 had enrolled.

Nationally, about 4.6 million people were enrolled at this time last year, compared to 4.1 million this year.

But Connecticut seems to be bucking that trend. In prior years enrollment stretched from November 1 to mid-January. Enrollment is available online, over the phone (855-805-4325), and at seven enrollment locations across the state on Friday.

"The law is still in effect", said Tim Jost, emeritus professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law.

To be eligible for that help, a household's income must be at least 100 - but no more than 400 - percent of the federal poverty level.

Hood said many of his clients were re-enrolled automatically.

"The lowest priced plan in 2018 may not be the lowest priced plan in 2019", she said. More than 4 million people have already signed up for 2019 coverage on the exchanges, and millions more are expected to pick plans before open enrollment ends Saturday.

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In previous years, the sign-up period has run through January. Powerful health-care lobbies are pushing lawmakers to delay the implementation of the taxes, anxious about taking a financial hit.

US District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Obama, after Congress a year ago zeroed out a key provision - the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.

Ravitz said that did not seem to matter in Connecticut, according to a survey Access Health CT conducted in August. The mandate requires almost all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty.

Connecticut's lawmakers are also tweeting out messages.

CMS has sent over 600 million emails and text messages to consumers to remind them of the 2019 Open Enrollment Period and the upcoming deadline.

Until then, you can enroll for coverage by visiting here.