For health insurance coverage in 2017, people can still go to healthcare.gov or work with navigators to purchase health insurance and access subsidies to help pay for it.
"It will still be honored this year," said
Repealing and replacing Obamacare is a high priority for the next
"We're not going to toss 20 million people out on the streets,"
Open enrollment is set to run through
"We're encouraging anyone who might need coverage for 2017 to visit healthcare.gov to check out their options -- most can find a plan for
Despite headlines about higher premium rates, Long said that so far most of the people she has assisted have been very pleased with the insurance, premiums and subsidies.
"There's some good plans available," she said.
The results of the presidential election have created some confusion. The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, which is part of the Cover Mississippi coalition, said it's gotten multiple calls from people asking if Obamacare will exist after
"We are reassuring people that Obamacare will exist and that we will be here to assist consumers," said
What to expect
"Now that we have a president who has vowed to sign such a bill, maybe we will have bipartisan input on how to do it," Wicker said.
Wicker said he expects the repeal and replace efforts to work through the committee system. He anticipates that mandates for individuals and employers will be dropped. He hopes it will include provisions that provide choices and encourage competition, including allowing insurers to offer plans across state lines. Health insurance needs to be portable and make some kind of provision for existing conditions without incentivizing people to wait until they have a health problem to get insurance. Any new system must control costs, he said.
"The system hasn't worked and without major surgery, it can't last," Wicker said. "I hope we find an approach that works like
Wicker expects the
"I'm not suggesting it will be simple," Wicker said.
Among the related proposals under consideration will be funding
"I think it's something to look at," Wicker said.
The block grant approach would be troublesome for
"With block granting
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