What to Expect for 2018
By Kismet Toksu
eBenefits, a WorkPartners affiliate
Healthcare for the country’s 323 million people is an intricate issue, and as such, is an ongoing and highly politicized one. Issues like a possible repeal of the individual mandate and funding cost-sharing reduction payments for lower-income Americans have generated strong debate that crosses party lines. Since early September, a group of U.S. Senators and a bipartisan group of state governors have been working on new proposals to help stabilize and strengthen the ACA’s individual market, while their colleagues continue to advocate for a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.
Despite uncertainty, many markets have shown signs that they are stabilizing, and others have overcome difficult challenges to ensure that coverage has been available throughout 2017. Nearly every state that previously expected to have “bare counties” has since been covered by insurers who made new market commitments for 2018.
Marketplace open enrollment for 2018 has begun and in most states will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Savvy employers should take the following steps to prepare for the upcoming year:
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