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Open enrollment for the ACA runs through Dec 15. What kind of coverage is available?

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Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends December 15. Though many states are seeing plan prices drop, so far about 400,000 fewer people have signed up.

Federal funds for marketing, advertising and assistance signing up have been slashed, and consumers are confused – one survey showed 38 percent of Americans were unaware it is still in effect. How much are ACA plans and what do they cover?

Jordan Rau, senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics

Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor for the Columbia Journalism Review, lead writer for CJR's blog Covering the Health Care Fight, and writer for Health News Review and the Center for Health Journalism

Web Resources:

Kaiser Health News: In Health Insurance Wastelands, Rosier Options Crop Up For 2019

CJR: Navigating the labyrinth: A primer on Obamacare enrollment for health reporters

HealthExec: 38% of Americans unaware ACA is still in effect


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