Medical care plans vary from state to state.
Here’s what you need to know about your options.
A few months ago, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued guidance that health plans must offer more options for people with chronic conditions, including more affordable and flexible coverage.
The ACA requires insurers to offer at least one health plan that covers all essential medical care, including mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Some states, including Alabama, Georgia and Illinois, have adopted this plan mandate.
The AMA has also issued guidance to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that states can consider adding a separate health plan for people who have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The mandate does not apply to plans offered by individual state Medicaid programs, however.
States have been struggling to find the money to cover people with medical conditions that would be unaffordable without the ACA.
That has left states in the dark about what health plans are available and how much they are being paid.
Some plans do not have an online shopping cart, which makes it difficult to get accurate figures.
But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) says that is changing.
This week, CMS announced that it will offer a nationwide database of plans, called the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, or HCPUP.
This data will help states develop a comprehensive and consistent plan.
And the CMS is offering free tools and resources for state health departments, hospitals, insurers and other providers to help them make better health care decisions.
In the U.S., the average monthly premium for a typical health plan has increased from $3,942 to $7,095.
In Texas, the average premium for one plan has risen from $738 to $946.
This is an increase of nearly $1,200, or 10%, in a year.