Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums Expected to Spike
The Congressional Budget Office estimates removal of the requirement that Americans have health insurance or face a tax penalty will contribute to a 10 percent rise in premiums for 2019, with insurers expected to see healthier people dropping out of the Marketplace leaving sicker, more costly enrollees on the plans. The majority of those enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace are able to access tax credits to help with their premiums. Read this CNBC Article.
1.8 Million in PA Rely on the SNAP Program
If Congress passes the Farm Bill--the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018--people who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP Program) and are "able-bodied" will have to find a job or attend job training classes or lose their benefits. This change could shift thousands off of the SNAP program and force them to rely on other sources to feed their families.