Health Care Confusion
After the U.S. election, many middle class consumers face more confusion than ever about their health insurance options. While premiums and deductibles for 2017 have soared under the Affordable Care Act in many areas, and with the possibility of a repeal of Obamacare under Donald Trump, Americans around the country are faced with questions about how to pay for health care or how to get by without health insurance.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, call center operators for Healthcare.gov receive thousands of calls every day from people with challenges finding health insurance coverage. Despite some issues, solutions are available for a majority of these people. However, due to uncertainty about the future of the current law, some are choosing to go without health insurance for 2017—a move that could jeopardize their financial security.
Alternatives being considered by some health care consumers include catastrophic insurance plans, health sharing plans, and enrollment in a community health center. Hopefully, the health care picture becomes clearer in the months ahead, improving affordable options for all Americans.
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