If The Individual Insurance Market Crashes, Can People Still Get Coverage?

People who buy their own health insurance and make too much to get subsidies are most likely to feel the pain of an unstable market.

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People who buy their own health insurance and make too much to get subsidies are most likely to feel the pain of an unstable market.

PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Getty Images

In his high-stakes strategy to overhaul the federal health law, President Donald Trump is threatening to upend the individual health insurance market. But if the market actually breaks, could anyone put it back together again?

The question is more than theoretical. Since Jan. 20, the Trump administration has already acted to depress enrollment in Affordable Care Act plans, has instructed the IRS to back off enforcement of the requirement that most people have health insurance or pay a penalty and threatened to withhold billions of dollars owed to insurance companies. All of those actions make it more difficult for insurers to enroll the healthy people needed to offset the costs of the sick,

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/07/531885293/if-the-individual-insurance-market-crashes-can-people-still-get-coverage?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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