Should I Bother to Enroll in an Obamacare Plan for 2017?
By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News | January 25, 2017
Since Republicans have plans to repeal the federal health law best known as Obamacare, should consumers still sign up for coverage? And if the health-law marketplaces disappear, might Medicare eligibility be expanded? Here are answers to some recent questions from readers.
It sounds like Republicans plan to repeal the health law in January once Donald Trump is sworn in. Should I just wait and see what happens before signing up?
Don't wait. Republicans have pledged that if they repeal the law they’ll provide a transition period so that people won’t be stuck without coverage. But if you miss the enrollment period that ends Jan. 31, you will be cutting yourself off from coverage for the year. After that date you can’t sign up for 2017 coverage on the exchange unless you qualify for a special enrollment period because you move to another state or lose your job-based coverage, for example.
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