Obamacare premiums on the rise, but advocates say subsidies will follow

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Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – The latest republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed, so now what?

President Trump insists it’s not over. In the meantime, providers are bailing on the exchange, and premiums are expected to rise, again.

We are just weeks away from open enrollment for the ACA, and uncertainty is driving the market.

“This is going to be a tough year. We not only have insurers leaving and rates going up, but there’s actually deliberate acts of sabotage from the Administration for groups like UHPP that are trying to help people sign up,” said Jason Stevenson, with Utah Health Policy Project.

Stevenson says those acts include cutting his organizations enrollment budget by 60%, and shrinking the open enrollment window in half.

President Trump insists the effort to repeal and replace the ACA all together is still alive.

“From the republican stand point we have the votes, we’ll vote in January, February or March,” said President Trump.

That means for now, Obamacare is still here, but Utah consumers can expect a bump in premiums.

Stevenson says they will go up 30 to 40%, on average.

“The premium subsidies are going to go up at that same level, so that your insurance will still be affordable, because the subsidies are going to keep it at the same affordability level,” Stevenson said.

Utah’s exchange is also taking another provider hit. Molina is out, leaving Select Health and University of Utah Health plans. But, both remaining providers are offering plans in all 29 Utah counties.

Open enrollment runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Enrollment help is still available.

For more information call 211 from your phone, or visit Take Care Utah online.

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