"We have people asking us right now, 'What is this going to mean? Are we going to have coverage throughout the year?'" said
"We tell them we don't see that anything is going to change for this open enrollment as far as we've been told by the administration."
The 2018 outlook is much less clear, even though Trump is now indicating that he might amend and not repeal the health-care law.
The uncertainty worries consumers such as
"We're older parents. I had [my daughter] at 42, so I need to be in good shape for her," said Kurtz, who was visiting the
Local navigators continue to push forward with helping consumers sign up or re-enroll in a plan.
"We haven't seen a surge in enrollment," said Packham. "We have our normal calls come in ... so we're just working hard and telling consumers to renew, look at the plans and know the deadlines. If you want coverage on
The last day to sign up is
Representatives from offices of local officials, including Mayor
"Good health care comes from access to good health insurance," said
More than 20 percent of the population in
In 2016, nearly 330,000 people in
Nearly nine out of 10 enrollees in
"Each person's situation will be different, and you won't know until you put in the estimator your age, income, sex and ZIP code," said Darnell "DD" Barber, a certified marketplace navigator in
She advised consumers to review and renew their plans.
"Always look at your options," said Barber. "Even if you decide to keep the plan you have now, at least you've educated yourself to say, 'This is the best plan for me.'"
Latest marketplace data show that nearly 250,000 consumers nationwide have selected a plan so far this year, and another 760,000 have renewed their coverage through healthcare.gov. More than 2 million have submitted applications.
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Where To Get Free Help
Covering Central Florida Navigators: www.coveringcfl.net, 877-564-5031
Enroll America: www.getcoveredamerica.org/get-covered-connector-national
Main website: www.healthcare.gov
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