Affordable Care Act: Sign Up

Oct 25, 2017

Experts give answers to listener questions about signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Guests:  Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent. Kaiser Health News


Kate Ende, Consumer Assistance Program Manager with Mainers for Affordable Health Care


Ashley McCarthy, Health Navigator Program Coordinator, Western Maine Community Action


Insurers and consumer advocates in Maine are denouncing President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will stop payments to insurance companies that help low-income enrollees buy health coverage.

Though Maine consumers who purchase coverage on the Affordable Care Act marketplace likely won’t feel any immediate effects, opponents of the action say it’s an attempt to sabotage the ACA.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

AUGUSTA, Maine - The plan by U.S. House Republican leaders to replace the Affordable Care Act is coming under fire from an unlikely source - Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Members of the Bangor City Council are weighing whether the city should formally oppose efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Councilors are discussing whether a letter to Maine’s Congressional Delegation is needed to put the city’s position on record. Bangor Mayor Joe Baldacci says President Donald Trump’s plan to shelve the national health insurance program is actually a local issue.

At about 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Republicans moved one step closer to repealing a law they have railed against since the moment it was passed nearly seven years ago.

By a final vote of 51-48, the Senate approved a budget resolution that sets the stage for broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act to be repealed through a process known as budget reconciliation. The resolution now goes to the House, where leaders are hoping to approve it by the end of the week.


Tips on signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We will also discuss what might happen to Obamacare under a Trump administration.

Guests:  Ashley McCarthy, lead navigator with the WMCA consortium

Emily Brostek, Consumers for Affordable Health Care

Joanne Rawlings-Sekunda, director of Maine Insurance Bureau's Consumer Health Care unit

Julie Rovner, Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow with Kaiser Health News. Before joining KHN, she spent 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR.

According to federal estimates released this week, Mainers who shop on the online insurance marketplace will, on average, see lower premiums this year compared to last.