Federal Judge in Texas Strikes Down Affordable Care Act

Lauren Chapman

Lauren Chapman

For Residents living in 39 states, open enrollment through healthcare.gov will end at 11:59pm, local time.

Established under the ACA in 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace is an aggregation of plans where a person not insured by other means, such as an employer, Medicaid or the Veterans Administration, can purchase private insurance.

The ruling determined the individual coverage mandate is unconstitutional. But with appeals certain, even the Trump White House said the law will remain in place for now.

"We've had a lot of green card holders coming in because they think they might be affected", said Kori Hattemer of Foundation Communities, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, that helps enroll people for coverage.

NO PENALTY FOR BEING UNINSURED The GOP-led Congress repealed the fine for being uninsured, effective this January 1.

Enrollment, which opened on November 1, has reportedly been slow this year, but last year numbers surged just before the deadline.

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Texas and an alliance of 19 states argued to the judge that they've been harmed by an increase in the number of people on state-supported insurance rolls.

For 2019, premiums are stable, more plans are available, and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the ruling "an assault" and a spokesperson for his office indicated an appeal would be coming.

Sign-ups are lagging 10 percent behind those at the same time a year ago, according to the nonprofit Palmetto Project.

The Trump administration said in June that it would not defend several important provisions of Obamacare in court.

"Connecticut has been pretty responsible in spending on outreach and advertising", said Andrea Ravitz, director of marketing at Access Health CT. President Donald Trump failed to outright repeal the ACA previous year. Consumers can visit HealthCare.gov and CuidadodeSalud.gov to preview 2019 plans and prices and sign up for coverage today. Health insurers were seeking an average 19.4 percent increase.

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