Thousands in Central Texas may feel impact of Trump health care move


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Tens of thousands of Austin-area people have health insurance in 2017 purchased in “Obamacare” marketplace.

68,199 Travis County residents have health insurance this year they got through the federal marketplace.

A total of 68,199 Travis County residents have health insurance in 2017 that they accessed through the federal marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. About half — or 33,740 of them – qualify for cost-sharing reductions to help lower out-of-pocket expenses, which the Trump administration has announced it will stop paying.

In Williamson County, 23,893 people have health insurance for this year that they accessed through the marketplace, and half – or 11,736 – qualify for cost-sharing reductions.

The breakdown is similar in Hays County, where 9,338 people have insurance this year through the federal marketplace and 4,683 of them qualify for cost-sharing reductions.

For Texas overall, the percentage of people who qualify for cost-sharing reductions is higher. About 1.23 million Texans accessed insurance through the federal marketplace for 2017, and nearly 61 percent of them — or 747,119 people — qualify for cost-sharing reductions.

The enrollment period for 2018 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 1 and will last six weeks through Dec. 15.



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