The clock is ticking on ACA open enrollment


Salt Lake City, Utah- (News4Utah) – A shortened open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is coming down to the final week.

That is one of many discussions at the annual Healthcare Solutions Summit, hosted by Utah Health Policy Project.

As a single mother of four children, Julie Contreras knows the struggle to make ends meet.

She says she gets at least some peace of mind from her ACA health insurance policy.

“I need to take care of myself, in order to take care of my kids. So, I use my preventives and use any appointments that I need to do,” said Contreras.

Stories like hers are being shared at the summit.

Advocates, policy analysts and law makers in attendance are concerned about what’s happening to healthcare across the country.

Like a shorter enrollment period and slashed funding for the ACA.

“I think they are doing some things to really send mixed signals. Some things, I think are direct sabotage. Other things, I think are just things that they missed, that they didn’t do as well as the last administration,” said UHPP Executive Director Matt Slonaker.

If the goal was to decrease enrollment, it’s not working. Record numbers are turning to this year.

“We’re seeing a demand. Utah is trending right along with the nation. In fact, we’re towards the top half of how fast we’re signing up people,” said Slonaker.

Contreras is one of them, because she doesn’t know what she’d do without it.

“The income I make now, it’s barely to pay bills, and house and car,” said Contreras.

Open enrollment ends December 15, 2017.

If you need help finding the best plan for you, navigators and insurance brokers are available at no additional charge.

You can also call 211 from your phone.

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