What’s Wrong Wednesday: Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Open Enrollment Dates Shortened

Although advertising and outreach were critical to maintaining and boosting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment, Navigators, who help people sign up for healthcare coverage under the ACA, has been cut by 41%, the advertising budget has been cut by $90 million, and the open enrollment dates have been shorted (see dates below).

North Dakota Open Enrollment Dates and Deadlines

 

Open Enrollment

November 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017

New coverage begins:  January 1, 2018

https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/

Minnesota Open Enrollment Dates and Deadlines

 Open Enrollment

November 1, 2017 – December 20, 2017

New coverage begins:  January 1, 2018

https://www.mnsure.org/new-customers/apply/index.jsp

 

“What’s New for 2018” and a list of additional tools

https://navigatorguide.georgetown.edu/about

(image description, blue slide that says, Starting November 1 you can renew, update, compare plans.  Lower right side of the slide says healthcare.gov)