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The Trump administration’s actions to scale back Obamacare have made it harder and more complicated to find the best health plan. But the pricing chaos has also created great deals for some consumers, who can sign up during open enrollment beginning today. Here’s our advice on how to shop — the best strategy depends on how much you earn.
Health insurance companies are increasingly adding the metal plans to the names of the plans, which can add to the confusion of which option to choose.
One of the most detailed plans to replace Obamacare this year comes not from a Republican critic, but from a group in swing-state Colorado that is proposing to scrap it for a single-payer model long sought by liberals. Supporters, who won approval this week for a 2016 ballot measure after securing nearly 110,000 signatures deemed valid, will sell the overhaul as an Obamacare replacement plan designed in Colorado, instead of in Wash ington.
Amid the coal fields of eastern Kentucky, a small clinic that is part of the Big Sandy Health Care network furnishes daily proof of this state's full embrace of the Affordable Care Act .
Shopping for health insurance can be a baffling maze of unfamiliar terms and puzzling acronyms — premiums, deductibles, PPOs, HMOs, POS. The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, added new elements that can heighten the confusion: Consumers have to navigate four different levels of plans, determine what subsidies they’re eligible for based on their income and calculate what plan would work best for them over the coming year.
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2016 premium data for the "benchmark" plans in the states using federal exchanges . Those are the second-lowest-cost Silver plans in each area, a benchmark chosen by health care experts using arcane methods involving chicken entrails and a pound of dry rhinoceros horn.