And for some Georgians returning to the exchange, there may be good news on prices. In the past, consumers would pay a penalty if they were not enrolled in a health plan. Last year, 85 percent of people in ME with marketplace plans qualified.
But federal funding for navigators who help people sign up in Florida was cut from $4.5 million last year to $1.25 million this year.
U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter joined health care providers and advocates at the Manchester Community Center to kickoff the enrollment period this week.
But Castor said signing up for health insurance will be more hard this year because President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have made "massive cuts" to outreach and enrollment programs.
Happily, even among conservatives who rage against supposed government overreach, the need for an expanded public healthcare system has become increasingly widely accepted. "We want to make sure consumers are aware of all their options".
Those with pre-existing conditions want to have their choice of doctors and prescription drugs for their health challenges, Custer added.
The State Corporation Commission's Bureau of Insurance is urging Virginians to thoroughly explore their health insurance options if they are considering getting a short-term, limited duration, or STLD, plan. That's compared with 28.1 million Americans without insurance the prior year.
As Americans look anxiously ahead to next Tuesday and gaze intently into their political crystal balls at the different post-election scenarios that await the nation, one pattern continues to come into sharper relief: support and demand for a better healthcare system are stronger than ever.
Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Shereef Elnahal is asking all medical and behavioral healthcare providers in the state to encourage and help their patients and clients get the coverage that can save their lives. Some observers have expressed concern that without it, many more people will take the risk of going uninsured.
"The mandate was weak in terms of penalties and enforcement, " he said.
Kaiser Health News, meanwhile, reported that in the span of less than 12 hours last week, the Trump administration took two seemingly contradictory actions that could have profound effects on exchanges.
"For Delawareans who don't have access to health insurance through an employer or another form of coverage, the Health Insurance Marketplace offers them an opportunity to get covered", Gov. John Carney said.
"For young people, who are often purchasing insurance for the first time, restoring this funding would mean that they would once again get the impartial, expert guidance that only Navigators can provide, and could help those who don't know about open enrollment and the ACA marketplace find coverage before it's too late", Hemlin said.
Grandfathered plans predate the ACA passage in 2010 and are allowed to exist under a provision of the law.
Plans on the marketplace are spread among metal-level categories - bronze, silver, gold, platinum and catastrophic - and are based on how enrollees choose to split the costs of care with their insurance company.