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Healthcare/ACA 2017
HHS Plans To Delete 20 Years of Medical Guidelines Next Week -
New Jersey Democrats passed their own individual mandate, which saved residents from twice-as-high premium increases for next year:

Quote:New Jersey residents getting health insurance in the individual marketplace would have seen premiums rise much higher in 2019 if the state had not preserved some parts of the Affordable Care Act, state officials said.

The premium price for individual health coverage plans will go up at an average of 5.8 percent, according to the state Department of Banking and Insurance, which is much less than if the state did not enact its own individual mandate law, which requires residents to buy health insurance.

“Under the leadership of Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey is leading the nation in its efforts to create stability in the market and to combat the uncertainty created in Washington (D.C.),” Commissioner Marlene Caride said in a statement. “Carriers were clear that without state action, the average increase requested in the individual market would have more than doubled.”

Nearly 275,000 New Jersey residents selected health plans on the federal exchange during last year’s enrollment period, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

The Trump administration repealed part of the Affordable Care Act that required all residents to have health insurance or pay a fine, which some experts say helped balance out the market between sick and healthy patients.

The elimination of a nationwide individual mandate is set to go into effect in 2019, but New Jersey legislators passed a law earlier this year to keep the policy in place for state residents.

Without an individual mandate, Banking and Insurance Department officials said premium prices would have increased, on average, by 12.6 percent.
Congratulations fucking assholes.

For first time since 2010, America’s progress on health insurance stalls
Quote:The reversal comes after nearly a decade of progress in bolstering the number of Americans with health care. The number of uninsured Americans fell steadily from 2010 until 2016, decreasing by at least 0.3 percentage points every year over that period. From 2010 to 2016, the uninsured rate fell dramatically — nearly in half — as tens of millions of more people were signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama in 2010.

I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me. -Grandpa Simpson

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