Obamacare premiums drop, but will COVID-19 affect sign-ups?

Oklahomans will have more choices and the most affordable health insurance options in years through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.

Thanks in part to a record-number of insurers offering plans in Oklahoma for coverage that starts Jan. 1, the average monthly benchmark premiums on the federal exchange are down more than 20% from a record high in 2019.

This is good news for health advocates who want to boost insurance rates during a time when COVID-19 has killed more than 260,000 and hospitalized more than a half-million across the country.

But experts and groups that assist consumers in selecting health care options say the ever-worsening pandemic has created new challenges in reaching residents and ensuring they sign up before the Dec. 15 deadline.

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