Monday numbers

Monday numbers

549,158—number of North Carolinians who signed up last year for health care coverage under the Affordable Act for 2017 (Kaiser Family Foundation)

90—estimated percentage of people in North Carolina signing up for health care coverage under the Affordable Act eligible for subsidies to reduce the cost of monthly premiums (“Have you signed up for the ACA? Here’s why you shouldn’t wait and what you need to know,” News & Observer, October 30, 2017)

5—number of days since open enrollment period opened for individuals to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act for 2018 (Ibid)

6—total number of weeks that the Trump Administration is making open enrollment available to consumer this year (Ibid)

13—total number of weeks that open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act was available to consumers in previous years (Ibid)

12—number of hours on five Sundays during the enrollment period that the enrollment website, healthcare.gov, will be closed for “maintenance” (Ibid)

5—number of days since the Trump Administration sent notices about health care sign-up options to millions fewer Americans than in previous years and deleted themes known to be most effective in motivating consumers to sign up. (“Federal notices about ACA enrollment season get cut in number and messaging, Washington Post, November 1, 2017)

90—percent that the Trump Administration cut the budget for advertising and outreach for the Affordable Care Act (Ibid)

25—number of days since The Trump administration announced its decision to halt cost-sharing subsidies that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage under the Affordable Care Act (“White House’s decision to stop ACA cost-sharing subsidies triggers strong opposition, Washington Post, October 13, 2017)

200 billion—amount in dollars of the increase in the federal budget deficit over the next 10 years the CBO projects when cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are ended (Ibid)

7 million—number of Americans who earn up to 250 percent of federal poverty level whose deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses are offset by the cost-sharing subsidies (Ibid)

3,609—amount in dollars of the possible deductible for a person who doesn’t qualify for a cost-sharing reduction and buys a typical Obamacare plan (“Trump will pull Obamacare subsidies in another attack on health law, Vox, October 12, 2017)

255—amount in dollars of the deductible for a person who qualifies for a cost-sharing reduction and whose income is at the poverty line or only a little above it (Ibid)

71—percentage of Americans who want President Trump and his administration to do what they can to make the Affordable Care Act work (“Poll: 7 in 10 Want the Trump Administration to Make the Affordable Care Act Work Rather Than Make it Fail, Kaiser Family Foundation, October 13, 2017)