American Medical Association urges all Americans eligible for insurance coverage to chose a plan by Dec. 15.
Though health insurance premiums are down, recent reports from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicate total enrollment in Affordable Care Act health care marketplaces is down by 300,000 people, compared to the same time in 2017 — an approximate 11-percent drop.
“As physicians, we know that people without insurance live sicker and die younger,” said American Medical Association President Barbara L. McAneny, M.D. “The holiday season is a busy time for everyone, but by taking a few minutes before Dec. 15 and selecting a coverage plan for 2019, Americans can take a critical step to protect their physical and financial health in the year ahead.”
The share of uninsured children in America rose from 4.7 percent in 2017 to 5 percent this year. The AMA urges all Americans to consider their options for health insurance and enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1.
Thousands of babies in the U.S. die suddenly and unexpectedly each year. Half of these deaths, known as sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), are due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).