Open Enrollment Continues to Lag with One Day Left; Pennsylvanians Encouraged to Get Covered, Stay Covered
December 14, 2018
With just one day remaining during the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplace, Pennsylvanians who get their insurance through the marketplace, or who are uninsured, should take advantage of this opportunity to get covered and stay covered.
According to Week 6’s Enrollment Snapshot (the period ending December 8), enrollment continues to lag. Pennsylvania’s enrollment numbers were 163,457 through December 8, compared to 205,909 during a similar period in 2017.
Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman urges Pennsylvanians to explore their options and shop for coverage. “Forgoing health insurance is a significant risk, even for healthy individuals. We are all just one diagnosis or accident away from needing costly medical care. These plans provide comprehensive health care and are required to cover essential health benefits,” she says.
CMS reports that, consistent with previous years, some consumers who are calling the Marketplace Call Center may be asked to leave their contact information and will be allowed to enroll in a plan after the December 15 deadline, allowing them to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage.
Resources to help consumers enroll in marketplace plans include:
- From the Pennsylvania Insurance Department—Information on the plans available in Pennsylvania and where to seek enrollment assistance are available at the department’s website. Consumers may also visit Consumers’ Checkbook to view plan options, estimate monthly premiums, and total annual out-of-pocket costs for each plan, and learn how to buy a plan.
- At HealthCare.gov—Consumers can sign up online or use local help lookup to find nearby enrollment assistance. The call center (1-800-318-2596) can help consumers compare plan options and enroll.
Other resources include your local hospital or health system or neighborhood health clinic.
HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals have joined with state government, the insurance community, navigators and assisters, and health care organizations across the state to help Pennsylvanians continue to access affordable, reliable health care coverage.
For more information about HAP’s open enrollment advocacy, please contact Jolene Calla, HAP’s vice president, health care finance & insurance.