Open enrollment began this week for individual health insurance under the politically embattled Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Nearly 20 million Americans who have gained health insurance coverage through the ACA since 2010. After campaigning on promises to “repeal and replace,” President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have made several attempts this year to gut the health care law, so far without success.
Still, there are several changes in store for those signing up for health insurance under the ACA this year. In October, frustrated by a lack of progress on health care legislation, Trump signed an executive order to boost lower-premium health plans, a move some experts say could further destabilize the health insurance markets. Consumers will have just six weeks, through Dec. 15, to sign up for health insurance through Obamacare — half the time of last year’s enrollment period. And advocates are concerned about the Department of Health and Human Services plans to shut down Healthcare.gov for maintenance for hours nearly every Sunday during open enrollment, a time many people use the site to navigate the often-confusing form to sign up for health insurance.
So what does sign-up look like this year? Is this enrollment season better, worse or the same for millions of Americans signing up for health insurance coverage? The PBS NewsHour wants to hear your story. Whether it’s your first time to enter open enrollment or you’ve done this before, please use this form and share your story.