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PA Extends Pennie Health Insurance Deadline to August 15

April 02, 2021

Pennsylvania residents who need health insurance, or those who may want to change their current plan, have three additional months to evaluate their options on the state’s health insurance marketplace, Pennie.

The state’s COVID-19 open enrollment deadline has been extended to August 15. The move aligns Pennsylvania’s insurance deadline with the federal health insurance marketplace. Earlier this month, federal officials extended open enrollment to allow consumers more time to pick plans during the COVID-19 pandemic and to take advantage of additional financial assistance available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

Signed into law March 11, 2021, the ARP temporarily expands health insurance marketplace subsidies to make health care coverage more available and affordable.

According to state officials, the ARP will improve access to comprehensive health insurance by:

  • Offering more generous tax credits at every level of income
  • Eliminating the 400 percent federal poverty limit ceiling on subsidy eligibility
  • Providing the maximum available Affordable Care Act premium subsidies and reduced cost-sharing for anyone who receives or is eligible to receive unemployment compensation at any point throughout this year

"Collectively, these changes will provide an extraordinary opportunity for individuals to protect themselves and their families by securing health insurance, particularly as we continue to grapple with COVID-19," Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said in a statement earlier this month.

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an additional $50 million in advertising to bolster outreach during the special enrollment period. The campaign will run through August 15, 2021 and will highlight the potential savings available for current and new enrollees:

  • Four out of five consumers currently enrolled in a plan through federal marketplace will be able to find a plan for $10 or less per month with the newly expanded financial assistance
  • Three out of five uninsured adults eligible for coverage on the federal marketplace may be able to access a zero-premium plan, and nearly three out of four may find a plan for $50 or less per month

HHS recommends current enrollees review their application, make any changes based on their current information, submit their application and select a plan—or reselect their current plan—to receive the increased advance payments of premium tax credits for 2021 coverage.

Pennie’s systems have not yet been updated to reflect the changes under the ARP. Pennie is working diligently to get these changes implemented as soon as possible. Consumers should continue to visit Pennie for updates.  

With specific questions about your 2021 health insurance options or how to sign up, visit Pennie’s contact page. Consumers who need to shop for insurance can use the plan comparison tool, and customer service is available over the phone and online.

For questions or more information about 2021 enrollment, contact Jolene Calla, Esq., HAP vice president, health care finance and insurance.