So what does that mean to people considering health insurance options for 2017?
Nothing, claim benefit planners and health care providers, who advise that you should make your benefit selections as planned by your benefit selections' deadline this fall.
For people enrolling in the online marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov, the deadline is
For people with employer-provided plans, deadlines likely are sooner.
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"The plans are out there. Everything for 2017 has been rolled out," added
"I would advise people (not on employer-provided plans) to go to a broker and get the best plan they can," Gilmore said.
"My advice is to find a trained professional or a knowledgeable family member to help you read the fine print to make sure that the plan meets your needs for insurance and affordable access to care," McLaughlin said. "We are talking with our patients about their options."
"Our role is to provide assistance with eligibility determination and enrollment," Kulicke said. "We are prohibited from making vendor or plan recommendations."
The earliest that major changes would happen to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be 2018.
"Something has to change," Gilmore said of Obamacare.
But the ACA is so huge, it will take more than the stroke of a pen to wipe it out.
"Immediately dropping people receiving subsidies? I don't see that happening," Gilmore said.
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In addition, Gilmore thinks that transitional (non-ACA compliant) health plans, which the law allows for small business through 2017, will be extended.
"I would hope they would relax some of the regulations on large employers," he said. "The additional regulations on the large groups has been a drain on their resources."
Meanwhile, Chestnut has a certified application counselor who works with
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