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Open enrollment for the next year of the Affordable Care Act opened Wednesday and Arizona is one of a few states that could see average premiums drop – if consumers can figure out how to sign up for policies

Hospital leaders predict problems as Trump undermines Affordable Care Act

Can a puppy video get you to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchanges?

Since before his inauguration, President Donald Trump promoted plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"It's hard having to tell people that we don't know what will happen to health care", said Darlice Rocha, a navigator with the Public Health Management Corporation on hand at the enrollment fair at the Free Library's central branch on Friday. The enrollment period is shorter this year. It's not. But you've got to be quick this year to sign up.

The researchers found that well-visit rates increased from 41 percent pre-ACA to 48 percent post-ACA implementation (odds ratio, 1.3), with minority and low-income groups having the greatest increases. That number was frequently cited by Trump as proof of the failings of Obamacare.

"Don't be put off by these headlines about screaming premium increases", says Kaiser Family Foundation health policy analyst Karen Pollitz. The legislation is meant to be the first step in health care reform.

Grijalva called the cuts "sabotage".

Josh Peck, the chief marketing officer for open enrollment under the Obama administration, told TPM that years of data showed him that those two messages were major enrollment drivers. But you probably know someone who bought a healthcare.gov plan past year.

Last month, the Trump administration announced that they would not be paying their part of these cost-sharing subsidies to insurers.

Kentuckians who want individual or family coverage can still enroll in a plan through the federally run Healthcare.gov website, but some incorrectly assume the coverage is gone, Beauregard said. She said the lack of communication and misinformation from the Trump administration makes the effort from outside groups more important than ever.

"Obamacare is finished. It's dead".

"People really need to go on and see what's offered for 2018, especially this year with all the publicity and politics going on with it", said Nancy Kucharz, a Certified Application Counselor with Eagle View Community Health System in Oquawka. The open enrollment deadline is December 15.

"Read your mail", he warned.

You can follow the faith leaders' conversations about open enrollment and healthcare on social media using the hashtags #SOULSTOENROLL or #SOULS2ENROLL, and by liking the Facebook page, ‪Facebook.com/FaithinPublicLife‬, where you can find the toolkit adopted from the government page, ‪GetAmericaCovered.org‬; instructions for the weekend campaign that will begin November 12, suggestions for faith leaders; a sample bulletin announcement; a PSA; and social media tips. The ACA makes prescription drug coverage more affordable for senior citizens and allows young adults to remain on their parents' health plans until they are 26.

"Last year, 40 percent of our enrollees were new, and we're on pace to match that again", O'Toole said.

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