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Monday
Jan072019

Tues deadline for comments on Trump abortion coverage rule!

Proposed Trump rule would undermine abortion coverage

 

The deadline is almost here for submitting comments on a Trump administration proposal that would impose burdensome requirements on coverage of abortion services in health plans being offered through Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. We fear the proposed rule would confuse health plan enrollees and could even prompt insurers to drop abortion coverage. Comments are due by midnight on Tuesday, Jan. 8, on this proposal, which the administration rolled out right after the mid-term elections.

How would this proposed rule undermine abortion coverage? Under the current system, insurance companies can include abortion coverage in the comprehensive health plans they offer in ACA marketplaces, so long as: 1) abortion coverage is not prohibited by state law and 2) insurers do not use any federal funds to pay for the portion of the premium that covers abortion. Under the Nelson amendment to the ACA, insurers must charge at least $1 a month in premiums to cover the cost of abortion coverage.
 
In the states that permit or require abortion coverage, insurers have been able to send  enrollees one monthly itemized premium bill charging, for example, $1 for abortion coverage and $99 for the rest of the health plan. Federal subsidies can be applied to lower premium costs for the rest of the plan, but individuals must cover the $1 abortion premium themselves.
 
Under the Trump proposal, ACA insurance plans that cover abortion would be required to issue two separate bills and ask enrollees for two separate payments. What happens to people who are confused by the new requirements and don't write a separate $1 check each month? We don't know for sure, but there are reasons to worry they might lose their entire health coverage. Moreover, we fear that insurance companies would find the new requirements too burdensome and decide to drop abortion coverage. 
 
The current system isn't perfect. Coverage for abortion care shouldn't be treated differently from coverage for any other kind of routine health care. But until we have successfully repealed the Hyde Amendment, it’s a system that satisfies Congressional intent without unduly burdening individuals. By contrast, it’s clear that the administration’s goal is to create so much onerous red tape that insurance companies stop offering comprehensive plans with abortion altogether.
 
Public comments are due by midnight Eastern time on Tuesday, Jan. 8. We strongly encourage you to join us in submitting comments explaining why you oppose these new barriers to abortion coverage. You can submit comments electronically HERE.Note that the title of the proposed rule that includes the abortion coverage restrictions is this: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Exchange Program Integrity NPRM, CMS-9922-P.

 

New House leadership sets vote to defend ACA against TX lawsuit

 

Last Thursday, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)—arguably the most successful Speaker in recent history and the first woman to ever hold the post—reclaimed the gavel, swearing in the new Democratic House majority.

The new House’s first order of business was passing a bill to re-open those federal agencies that have been shut down since late last month. Most of the programs and agencies we cover, including Health and Human Services, were funded in last September’s year-long appropriations bill and have been relatively insulated. But the ongoing federal government shutdown has had significant implications for Native women and families who receive their health care through the Indian Health Service. As NPRreported, services that meet "immediate needs of the patients, medical staff, and medical facilities" are still open, but staffed by employees currently working without pay. And many preventive services funded through IHS remain shuttered. So far, Senate Republicans are refusing to pass a clean funding bill and it’s not clear how long the shutdown will continue.
 
The new House majority’s second order of business was to set the stage for a vote on January 9 to formally join in defense of the ACA against the threat posed by a federal judge’s ruling last month. Given the shocking scope of Judge Reed O’Connor’sdecision overturning the law – including all of its consumer protections, subsidies, Medicaid expansion and other provisions --we’ll be watching to see if any House Republicans feel pressured to support the ACA’s defense on appeal to the Fifth Circuit.
 
Meanwhile, the 17 Democratic attorneys general who have been defending the ACA in place of the Trump administration were joined last week by an 18th   Attorney General. Colorado’s newly-elected AG Phil Weiser, who made it his his first official act. In two more states, Wisconsin and Maine, newly-elected Democratic AGs are looking for ways to withdraw from the GOP side of the lawsuit. In Maine, former Governor Paul LePage, a Republican, did not have the legal authority to join the lawsuit in the first place. In Wisconsin, former Republican Governor Scott Walker’s last act was to lock his state into the lawsuit and by signing legislation that would gut the powers of incoming Democrats.
 
Finally, the new House Democratic majority is likely to be more “ideologically and geographically cohesive” than the Democratic majority that controlled the House from 2007 to 2010, which could give progressives a bigger say in its priorities. House leadership has committed to holding hearings in the next few weeks on Medicare for All as part of a longer-term process on educating the public, working through complicated details, and setting the stage for the 2020 presidential election. Democrats were successful in passing the ACA, and Republicans unsuccessful in repealing it, in part because the former spent years using hearings to work through the legislative details that would ultimately become the ACA while the latter skipped the refinement process and sprung poorly drafted legislation on their members at the last minute.
 
In other positive health care news last week, Maine’s incoming Democratic Governor Janet Mills used her first executive order to finally move forward with Medicaid expansion, more than a year after voters passed expansion on referendum by an overwhelming margin.

Wednesday
Jan022019

ACA still in effect, so start using your new health coverage!

Get the most from your new ACA health coverage!


As we start 2019, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the law! Over the weekend, the federal judge in Texas who ruled last month that the law should be struck down declared that the ACA will remain in effect as his decision is appealed to higher courts by 17 state Attorneys General. U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor stayed the effect of his own ruling, writing that otherwise, "many everyday Americans would otherwise face great uncertainty during the pendency of appeal.

That means millions of women, LGBTQ people and families are starting 2019 with health insurance they purchased through healthcare.gov and state-based marketplaces during the 2018 ACA open enrollment period. If you’re one of them, here are six insider tips from the pros at Raising Women’s Voices on how to get your money’s worth from your insurance.

1. Breathe a sigh of relief! You have quality insurance that complies with the ACA’s high standards. That means you’re covered for pre-existing conditions, hospitalizations, maternity care, prescription drugs and all the basics you’d expect a health plan to cover!

2. Pay your monthly bill on time! It’s especially important to pay that first bill--it was due December 31--so that your coverage actually goes into effect. If you haven’t paid it yet, call your health insurance company right away to work it out.

3. Schedule a FREE check-up! You get preventive care at no additional charge to you. So, make that appointment now with your primary care provider and/or ob/gyn. A woman’s annual check-up is called a “Well-Woman Visit.” If you need to see two different providers (such as a primary care provider and an ob-gyn) to get all of the needed preventive care, it’s still covered 100%. If you have children, schedule their preventive check-ups, too.

4. Find doctors you trust. The key to getting the most value out of your health plan is finding doctors and other health care providers you trust who take your insurance. A good way to start is by calling your health plan for help. Tell the representative what is important to you in a doctor, such as office location, languages spoken, gender, hospital affiliation or office hours. If you are looking for an LGBTQ-friendly doctor, try searching the glma directory. You can also ask friends, family or colleagues for recommendations. If you try a new doctor and you do not like him or her, you do not have to go back. You are entitled to try someone different next time.

5. Get FREE birth control. While you are at your Well-Woman Visit, discuss your options with your doctor and make the choice that's best for you. All FDA-approved forms of birth control must be 100% paid for by your health plan. Some brands may not be covered by your particular health plan, so discuss it with your provider before she writes the prescription.
 
6. Take care of your mental health. The ACA requires health plans to cover mental health care the same way they cover physical health care. You will pay a deductible or co-payment. After that, your insurance will pay the rest, without limits on the number of visits or cost, as long as you see a mental health provider participating in your health plan.
 
Need more help getting started with your new health insurance?  Raising Women’s Voices has created a website where you can learn much more. It’s called My Health, My Voice. There you can learn five important steps to getting started using your health plan, and understand the four types of costs you may pay to use your coverage (your monthly premium, co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance.) You can also download free copies of our publications: A Woman’s Step-by-Step Guide to Using Health Insurance and My Personal Health Journal. 
 
Thursday
Dec272018

We’re ready for action in 2019! Can you help?

Help us champion women’s and LGBTQ health in 2019!


We’re ready to fight for women’s health and LGBTQ health in Washington and across the nation! 


Raising Women’s Voices regional coordinators from 16 states came to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to meet with our national coordinating team (from the Black Women’s Health Imperative, Community Catalyst’s Women’s Health Program and the National Women’s Health Network) and prepare for 2019 action. Here we are in a brief break from our intense discussions.

Can you help by making a year-end donation to support our work? Click here to make a donation to Raising Women’s Voices through the Women’s Health Program of Community Catalyst. 


What are we planning for 2019?

We count among our most important accomplishments this year our success in raising the visibility of health care issues among women and LGBTQ people at a crucial political moment.  Their heightened awareness enabled them to hold elected officials accountable for their votes to repeal/undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), slash Medicaid, impose Medicaid work requirements and attack reproductive health providers.

November saw the election of record numbers of diverse women and LGBTQ people committed to protecting and expanding health care coverage and access.  As a result, there will be new opportunities in 2019 to work with progressive members of Congress to exercise oversight of Trump administration actions and fight back against the outrageous federal judge’s decision invalidating the entire ACA. In some states, we will be able to engage newly-elected progressive governors and legislative majorities in expanding Medicaid, codifying Roe v. Wade at the state level and using state policies to protect residents from federal regulatory threats to contraceptive coverage.

During our convening, regional coordinators split up into breakout groups based on their state’s political environment. Coordinators from the “bluer” states of California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Rode Island and Washington discussed their plans for pro-active state work, moderated by Community Catalyst Senior State Advocacy Manager Ann Danforth. In addition to contraceptive coverage and codifying Roe, they discussed efforts to enact LGBTQ-inclusive paid family leave policies, increase young people’s access to abortion, expand dental benefits to adults (especially pregnant women), prohibit discrimination against pregnant workers, lower prescription drug costs and provide driver’s licenses to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA recipients.
 
Can you help fuel this federal and state-level work by making a year-end donation? Click here to make a donation to Raising Women’s Voices through the Women’s Health Program of Community Catalyst. 


Help us forge new directions in our work!

Some Raising Women’s Voices regional coordinators are working to address maternal health disparities.  That’s because Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die because of a pregnancy-related complication than are white women. During our recent convening in Washington, RWV Regional Field Manager Kalena Murphy (far left in photo), who works for the National Women’s Health Network, moderated a powerful panel discussion of our new work in this area.
 
Linda Blount Goler (second from right in photo) from the Black Women’s Health Imperative, provided a brief overview of maternal health disparities and strategies for health advocates. She noted that “85 percent of maternal deaths are preventable.” One important strategy, she said, is to lift up the stories of Black women and families about their maternity care experiences, suggesting that “we need to change the narrator, not the narrative.”

Deneen Robinson (center in photo) from The Afiya Center in Dallas discussed ways their staff are  “working to tackle this problem,” with grant support from Raising Women’s Voices.  First, they are collecting stories from families of Black women who have died from pregnancy-related causes.  The Center plans to produce a report and frame maternal mortality and morbidity data with these stories. They are also training doulas to provide six weeks of post-partum care and creating a directory of doctors who have a record of listening to women, so Afiya staff can refer clients to providers who  will give them good care and respect their concerns.
 
Kavelle Christie (second from left in photo) from Planned Parenthood of Southern New England highlighted PPSNE’s Healthy Neighborhood Canvass Initiative. With support from Raising Women’s Voices PPSNE is going into communities across Rhode Island to educate the public and collect stories about issues relating to Black/African American maternal mortality. “Black experience isn’t monolithic. We need to lift up cultural differences in way people experience birth,” she said. “Lift up terrible experiences, but also lift up liberatory experiences. We don’t want to normalize Black death.” The Healthy Neighborhood Canvass Initiative will lay the groundwork for PPSNE’s anticipated work in 2019 to build support for a policy that would ensure doulas are covered by Medicaid in Rhode Island.

Raising Women’s Voices is also exploring how to support and expand our regional coordinators’ existing work addressing key factors (other than coverage or access to care) that can dramatically affect our health – such as substandard housing, environmental toxins and lack of healthy food options. These factors – which are often referred to as social determinants of health – fall squarely within the reproductive justice (RJ) framework pioneered by women of color, which includes the rights to bodily autonomy and to bring up children in safe, healthy environments.  

Lois Uttley, an RWV co-founder, and Women’s Health Program Director for Community Catalyst, moderated a session on these topics.  Our newest RWV regional coordinator, Cassandra Welchlin of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable (in photo at left), who is a licensed social worker, talked about her work in that state to address a wide variety of issues, including inadequate child care, wage inequality and domestic violence. Marisol Franco of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and Lexi White from New Voices for Reproductive Justice described how their work on reproductive justice issues includes addressing such issues as wage equality, air and water quality, trauma and the long-term effects of “deep poverty”  in early childhood.

Can you help support this exciting new work by making a year-end donation? Click here to make a donation to Raising Women’s Voices through the Women’s Health Program of Community Catalyst. 

Our regional coordinators also discussed the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies and the potential impact on health in immigrant communities in a session moderated by RWV Outreach and Engagement Coordinator Diana Zheng (far left in photo), who works for the Women’s Health Program of Community Catalyst. Much of the discussion focused on public charge, as it is an issue causing much fear and confusion in immigrant communities.Huma Zarif, (second from right in photo) from Northwest Health Law Advocates in Seattle, explained the “chilling effect” that public charge is causing in immigrant communities, as more immigrants are forgoing health care and no longer signing up for public health programs for fear of jeopardizing their immigration status. Homelessness and hunger are also likely to increase among immigrants, as proposed changes also add SNAP and housing assistance to the public charge test, she said. Immigrant women will be disproportionately impacted by all of these changes, as they make up the majority of single-parent households and are more likely to rely on public benefit programs to make ends meet.

Karla Garcia (at right in photo) from COLOR in Denver discussed outreach strategies to help educate immigrants about public charge. Karla emphasized the importance of alternative outreach strategies like radio or in-person outreach to those who might not have access to internet. Karla encouraged advocates to reach out to elected officials to educate them on the issue and help them understand how their constituents will be impacted. She also reminded advocates that outreach and education about public charge could look different in each state, as public benefit enrollment processes can vary. For example, though ACA marketplace plans are not part of the public charge test, individuals who fill out a marketplace application in Colorado will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid if they qualify. It is important for advocates to get to know the specific circumstances surrounding enrollment in their own states.

Finally, Xyra Flores from Trans Queer Pueblo in Arizona talked about the impact of Trump’s immigration policies on LGBTQ immigrants. LGBTQ immigrants already face many barriers that prevent access to health care; anti-immigration policies like public charge only exacerbate the problem. Xyra discussed in particular how public charge will make it more difficult for trans immigrants to access hormone therapy. She described how the criminalization and detention of undocumented LGBTQ immigrants, especially trans immigrants, can put their safety, or even their lives, in danger.

Please include support for this important work in your year-end donations. Click here to make a donation to Raising Women’s Voices through the Women’s Health Program of Community Catalyst.

Thursday
Dec202018

Millions enroll in ACA coverage, despite judge’s ruling

Judge issues sweeping ruling, but ACA remains the law 

Late last week, federal court Judge Reed O’Connor issued a sweeping opinion striking down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on legally shaky grounds. The “intensely political judge”had delayed issuing his ruling for months, raising speculation that he was doing so to help Republicans get through the midterm elections, in which health care was a top issue for voters. Then O’Connor seemed to time his ruling—the night before the last day of open enrollment, when a rush of last-minute sign-ups were expected—to inflict maximum damage on the ACA, whether his decision stands up against appeal or not.
 
The law is being defended by 17 Democratic state attorneys general. When Democrats assume control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January, they are expected to quickly pass a resolution formally joining the case. (They also plan to investigate why Trump’s Justice Department controversially refused to defend the law, a move so unusual that several Justice Department attorneys ultimately removed themselves from the case.) In the interim, “the law remains in place,” according to a statement from the White House.
 
Fortunately, the judge’s ruling had less of a dent in ACA health plan enrollment than we had feared.  Despite the uncertainty, 8.5 million Americans signed up for a health plan on HealthCare.gov during this year’s open enrollment period (November 1 to December 15). That’s according to enrollment numbers released this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). While this is a 4 percent decrease from last year’s enrollment, the drop was much smaller than was anticipated, considering that the Trump administration slashed outreach and navigator funding for the second year in a row and eliminated the individual mandate to have insurance.  

Those numbers don’t include enrollment from states with their own health insurance marketplaces, such as New York, where state officials announced record enrollments to date. “Despite the constant threats to the Affordable Care Act, New York’s health insurance Marketplace stands strong,” said NY State of Health Executive Director, Donna Frescatore. “More than a million consumers have already enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan or the Essential Plan during New York’s 2019 open enrollment period, proof that New Yorkers want access to high quality, affordable care that they deserve.”  New York, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia have extended open enrollment through January 31. Other states that have extended enrollment beyond the federal deadline include Minnesota (January 13), California and Colorado (January 15), and Massachusetts (January 23).

These enrollment numbers send a loud and clear message: the American people are in favor of affordable, quality health coverage made possible through the ACA.

 
Why was this such a legally dubious court ruling? 

The scale of O’Connor’s decision surprised even the most cynical observers, and the legal theory at the heart of the case is weak.
 
When Congress passed the ACA in 2010, it argued that the individual mandate to purchase health insurance was necessary for building a robust insurance pool in which low costs for a large number of healthy people could balance out expensive medical costs for a small number of sick people. Without the mandate bringing in those healthy people, Congress argued, it wouldn’t be possible to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions could get coverage at affordable prices.
 
In 2012, Chief Justice John Roberts legitimized a then-fringe right wing attack on Congress’s power to regulate under the Commerce Clause by arguing that the clause did not give Congress the authority to mandate that individuals purchase insurance. But in a twist, Roberts joined the liberals to uphold the constitutionality of the individual mandate as a taxon those who didn’t purchase insurance.
 
In 2017, the GOP-held Congress repealed the tax penalty associated with the mandate on a party-line vote, but not the actual mandate itself. Because Roberts had upheld the mandate as a tax, 20 state attorneys general led by Texas filed suit in 2018 alleging that the GOP tax bill made the individual mandate unconstitutional and, thus, all of the consumer protections that were tied to the mandate unconstitutional by extension.
 
O’Connor’s decision to grant standing to the plaintiffs in this case is itself controversial. To win standing, plaintiffs must demonstrate they are suffering harm. There’s a case to be made that the individual mandate was never a mandate at all but rather a choice between buying health insurance or paying a tax, and now Congress has simply made the tax $0. It’s hard to see who is harmed by paying a tax of $0. But even if one accepts O’Connor’s premise, his decision to look to the 2010 Congress for intent instead of the 2017 Congress makes no sense.
 
The 2017 Congress had tried repeatedly to repeal the ACA and failed each time. In passing the tax law, many of its members and Donald Trump argued that repealing the tax penalty associated with the individual mandate wasrepealing the mandate itself. Those Senate Republicans who’d opposed ACA repeal, but supported the tax bill, argued that repealing the mandate would not sabotage ACA marketplaces. In short, Congress’s intent was clear. In his opinion, O’Connor has almost laughably tried to rewrite the history that we all lived just last year. Even conservative lawyer Jonathan Adler, who was part of the 2012 legal attack, has called the current case “bananas” and “an exercise of raw judicial power.”
 
Additionally, real-world evidence has made clear that while the 2010 Congress may have been correct that the individual mandate was necessary for the creation of new marketplaces, and we know that removing the mandate makes it harder for some people to find affordable coverage, established marketplaces can stabilize without the mandate even while retaining the ACA’s full array of consumer protections. O’Connor’s decision rests on ignoring everything we now know from the last eight years.
 
Furthermore, the judge did not simply scrap the individual mandate along with the consumer protections that are tied to it, or the financial subsidies that help people purchase insurance. He threw out the entire ACA, declaring unconstitutional everything from nutrition labeling to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). As Kaiser Health News reported, “canceling the law in full … could thrust the entire health care system into chaos.” 
 
Yale Law Professor Abbe Gluck commented that “It’s absolutely ludicrous to hold that we do not know whether the 2017 Congress would have wanted the rest of the ACA to exist without an enforceable mandate, because the 2017 Congress did exactly that when it zeroed out the mandate and left the rest of the ACA standing. [O'Connor] effectively repealed the entire Affordable Care Act when the 2017 Congress decided not to do so.”  

Millions of people benefit from the ACA whether they realize they “have Obamacare” or not—from provisions closing the Medicare donut hole to ensuring that young people can stay on their parents’ plan until age 26 to eliminating annual and lifetime coverage limits. For women, what’s a stake includes contraceptive coverage at no extra cost, guaranteed maternity coverage and protection from being charged more than men for the same health plan. 
 
As Politico noted, “The sweeping court ruling shows how hard it is to re-litigate parts of Obamacare without harming measures that benefit virtually every American, including people who don’t even buy insurance from the Obamacare markets. Even many of the Trump administration’s own health care initiatives, like attempts to lower drug prices, hinge on legal authority derived from the ACA.
 
An unfortunate side effect of the ruling will be to give ammunition to opponents of Medicaid expansion.  As Modern Healthcare reported, "Lawmakers and hospital association leaders in states moving toward expansion, including Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, and Utah, worry that opponents will cite the ruling as a reason not to push forward. Expansion advocates have similar anxieties in Alaska and Montana, where Republican elected officials hostile to expansion are considering whether to continue their states' expansion program."

 
Where do things stand now?

The next step for the ACA's defenders is challenging the ruling in the notoriously conservative U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. And after that, the case could be headed to U.S. Supreme Court.
 
But even though there’s reason to be cautiously optimistic about the law’s prospects at both the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court, the history of ACA legal challenges has been fraught with frivolous cases built on far-right fringe legal theories going further than any serious constitutional scholar could have predicted. With your help, we will continue to educate the public about what the ACA means for women and LGBTQ people, and what’s at stake if it’s taken away.

Tuesday
Dec112018

It’s the last week to enroll in ACA health coverage!

 It’s Women’s Week of Action for Open Enrollment!



It’s the last week of Open Enrollment! In most states (see below for a few exceptions), the last day to sign up for 2019 health coverage is this Saturday, December 15
. Still uninsured? Go to healthcare.gov to start shopping for a plan today, or go to localhelp.healthcare.gov to find free enrollment assistance.

So far, enrollment numbers are lower than what we have seen at this time in previous years. That’s largely due to Trump administration’s policies that slashed advertising for healthcare.gov, decreased funding to navigators that do outreach and enrollment work, and shortened the enrollment period to just six weeks. The start of open enrollment on November 1 was also overshadowed by the mid-term elections the following week.  

As a result of all these factors, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found that 3 out of 4 people who are uninsured or buy their own insurance don’t know the deadline to enroll in Marketplace insurance is December 15. Less than a third (31 percent) say they have heard or seen any information about how to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

That’s why Raising Women’s Voices is leading a Women’s Week of Action, starting today, to spread the word about the deadline for enrollment.  Today, (Tuesday, December 11) we will be hosting a Twitter Chat at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT.  We will be joined by our partners at In Our Own Voice, National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), Planned Parenthood, Community Catalyst, New Jersey Citizen Action, Power to Decide, Feeding America, Feminist Majority, American Association on Health and Disability, National Partnership for Women and Families, Black Women’s Health Imperative, NFPRHA and Young Invincibles. We’ll be discuss the importance of health coverage for women and our families,  how good coverage can help reduce health disparities and how to avoid those “junk” health plans that are cheaper, but don’t cover maternity care or pre-existing conditions.  Join us and include the hashtags #HerHealth, #GetCovered, and #EnrollByDec15 in your answers!

For this final week, we’ve created social media badges that you can use to remind people to sign up for health coverage while they still can! We have badges emphasizing the upcoming deadline (pictured), which you can find here. We also have that badges that count down the final days of Open Enrollment, which you can find in both English and Spanish.

There are a few exceptions to the December 15 deadline. It’s important to note that in a few states  and the District of Columbia that operate their own ACA health insurance marketplaces,  the deadline for Open Enrollment has been extended beyond Dec. 15:

  • Minnesota – January 13, 2019
  • California  and Colorado – January 15, 2019
  • Massachusetts – January 23, 2019
  • D.C., New York and Rhode Island – January 31, 2019

Let’s give these states a round of applause for doing the right thing, and giving busy people more time to enroll!