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Series: Health Insurance And The ACA

The health system in the U.S. is built upon a complex and interlocking series of relationships between medical providers, insurers, the federal and state governments, employers and the people who require preventive care and treatment throughout their lives. The enactment of the Affordable Care Act, one goal of which was securing coverage for more Americans, has profoundly transformed this system since its implementation, including in Wisconsin. At the same time, the political contentiousness of the law has added complexity and uncertainty to the health care decisions Americans make, and the future of the health care system continues to be an open question.
As Republicans pursue efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the federal healthcare exchanges says there is "extraordinary demand" to enroll in ACA plans. In Wisconsin, enrollment is up 14 percent over this time last year.
A statewide coalition's annual report on health insurance costs shows the rate of health care inflation was seven times higher in Wisconsin before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Despite rising premiums and an uncertain future for the Affordable Care Act, more people are signing up for insurance on HealthCare.gov.
The share of Americans covered by health insurance reached a never-before-seen high in 2015, both nationally and in Wisconsin, which retained its ongoing position as one of the best-covered states in the nation.
The number of Americans without health insurance would more than double if Congress repealed the Affordable Care Act. That's according to a study by the nonpartisan Urban Institute looking at the consequences of repealing the health care law with no immediate replacement.
The 2016 presidential election brings new leadership to Washington, D.C., and, with it, many questions about the future of health insurance, the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. However, all insurance options remain available to consumers for calendar year 2017.
Kathleen Falk, one of the regional directors for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is likely looking at a job change soon — her job is a political appointment under President Barack Obama's administration. But she had a strikingly sunny outlook about the future of the Affordable Care Act.
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As Republicans take control of both the White House and Congress, and vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act, open enrollment for a new year is beginning. U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services regional director Kathleen Falk discusses the future of the health insurance marketplace.
The future of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act may be in doubt, but so far it doesn't seem to be affecting enrollment underway on HealthCare.gov, the federal marketplace used to purchase health insurance in Wisconsin and other states.
With Donald Trump as the next president, President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act has a higher chance of being repealed or rolled back.