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Due To Strong Demand, Covered California Extends Deadlines For Plans Starting Jan. 1

In most states, to get January coverage, people need to sign up by today, but California is giving customers an extra week to enroll. Also, today’s federal deadline for getting coverage for 2018 under the Affordable Care Act doesn’t apply to Californians. But those signing up into January won’t have their coverage start start until Feb. 1 at the earliest.

Republican Tax Bill Proves Congress Wasn’t Done With Health Policy

The GOP tax plan includes a range of health-related provisions — key among them is language that would eliminate the tax penalty created by the Affordable Care Act for not having health insurance. In addition, it threatens to trigger across-the-board cuts to Medicare and other domestic programs. A number of stakeholders and advocacy groups are expressing concerns about the impact of this and other changes that Republican lawmakers are advancing.

Bill To Fix Health Law Wouldn’t Offset Coverage Losses If Mandate Is Repealed, CBO Estimates

The Congressional Budget Offices estimates that 4 million Americans would lose insurance coverage in 2019 if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as part of its tax legislation. The nonpartisan agency says that passing the Alexander-Murray bill, aimed at stabilizing the health law marketplaces, would not soften that blow. Still, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is pushing for the measure during tax bill discussions.

A Detailed Look At Who Benefits From Tax Bill’s Repeal Of Individual Mandate

The New York Times provides a statistical guide to the people who opt to forego insurance and pay a penalty instead. Also in news about insurance coverage, one paper explores how sometimes an income drop can help make coverage more affordable and save money, and another insurer moves into the venture capital market.