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States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most if Preexisting Conditions Shield Axed

Residents of nine states, all Republican-led, that have joined a lawsuit against the health care law have high rates of preexisting conditions. Under the law, insurers cannot discriminate against them but if the shield were removed, they could have trouble getting health insurance or could pay higher rates than others.

If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.

Six-Week Open Enrollment for Obamacare Plans Begins

Most consumers will want to pick a plan that aligns with their physician rather than focus on cost. People purchasing subsidized health insurance on healthcare.gov will not see significant increases in cost, but Obamacare is increasingly gouging middle-class consumers who don’t qualify.

Open enrollment for the individual health insurance market begins today, with consumers purchasing subsidized plans on the healthcare.gov marketplace and unsubsidized plans through insurance brokers or directly from health insurers through Dec. 15.

State Insurance Official Says Individual Market Would Fail Under Trumpcare

The Obamcare repeal is projected to send individual health market consumers running for the exits, which would leave health insurers stuck covering only the sickest, most desperate people, leading to a death spiral, according to Pat Allen, the director of the Department of Consumer & Business Services.

A top Oregon state health insurance official told reporters on Wednesday that he anticipates Trumpcare would send the individual market into a death spiral if enacted, sending younger and healthier people fleeing and only the most desperate and sickest consumers left buying health insurance.

Health Insurance Enrollment Continues Climbing

The repeal of Obamcare means that 45,000 jobs in Oregon will be lost.

Despite attempts by President-elect Trump to repeal and replace Obamacare, enrollment in Oregon is higher than ever before, and people have until Jan. 31 to sign up.

The latest enrollment figures show that 148,978 Oregonians had chosen coverage by Dec. 31, compared to 147,109 the previous year, according to Elizabeth Cronen, communications and legislative manager for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace.

Greenlick Wants Free Comprehensive Colon Screenings; Insurers Want Delay

A relatively new colon cancer screening is cheap, effective and can be done at home, but sometimes insurance companies charge consumers for a follow-up colonoscopy if they’ve already paid for a fecal immunochemical test. HB 2560 would give consumers the guarantee that both tests would be free and encourage them to get tested.

An easy, relatively new test has the potential to greatly increase the number of people who receive screenings for colon cancer, thereby catching the presence of the disease early, when it still stands a high chance of eradication.

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