As Obamacare deadline nears, more than 92,000 in WPB market sign up

Some 92,560 people in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast have signed up for Affordable Care Act plans, U.S. officials said a day before Thursday’s deadline to ensure coverage by Jan. 1.

Statewide, 878,670 have enrolled, even as the future of  the health law remains unclear under a new administration in Washington that vows to repeal and replace it.

health spending“Momentum is building,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.  “As we approach the Dec. 15 deadline for consumers to get coverage that begins Jan. 1, we’re seeing hundreds of thousands of consumers each day signing up for coverage they want and need. I encourage Floridians who need health insurance for 2017 to join the millions already signed up and visit to check out their options by Dec. 15.”

Last year Florida signed up the most customers of any state using the federal marketplace, more than 1.5 million. About eight in 10 paid $75 or less per month in premiums after government subsidies in the form of tax credits, officials said.

In early 2017, a GOP-controlled Congress could vote to block funding for the subsidies even without repealing the entire law, but if so, it remains to be seen if consumers will have a transition period under the old system and how long that might be.


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