Pennsylvania: @PennieOfficial reminds residents that 12/15 is the last day to #GetCovered for January coverage
via Pennie, PA's new ACA exchange:
December 15 is the Deadline for Individuals to Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage for January
- Pennie urges all Pennsylvanians seeking 2021 coverage to enroll this Open Enrollment
Harrisburg, PA – December 7, 2020 – Pennie, the state’s new health insurance marketplace is approaching its first enrollment deadline. December 15th is the last day for individuals and families to purchase health coverage starting January 2021. Current and potential customers are encouraged to select a plan by December 15 to ensure continuous coverage.
Pennie allows customers to compare and shop for medical and dental insurance from participating insurers, who are required to offer qualified, comprehensive plans. Pennie is also the only source for financial assistance to help lower the cost of coverage and care and nearly 9 out of 10 of customers qualify for financial assistance
Pennie Executive Director Zachary Sherman said, “Pennsylvanians in need of health insurance and financial assistance to help pay for it can enroll through Pennie by December 15 for coverage beginning January 1.” Sherman added, “We have free, easy-to-use online tools to help customers compare their costs and coverage options and offer unbiased customer service and enrollment assistance through our call center and our partnerships with community assisters and insurance brokers.”
Pennsylvanians interested in shopping for and purchasing health coverage through Pennie can go to pennie.com or call the customer service team at 1-844-844-8040. The call center is open from 8 am – 7 pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm during Open Enrollment. Pennie-certified Assisters are available to walk customers through the shopping and enrollment process and have been trained to assist both in-person or virtually. Pennsylvanians looking for plan recommendations and enrollment support can use one of the more than 2,500 Pennie-certified Brokers who are professionally trained to work with customers one-on-one and can help narrow down their options.
Jessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Department Commissioner, expanded on the positive impact Pennie is having with the lowering of rates in the individual market. Commissioner Altman said, “all insurers that offered coverage through HealthCare.gov are continuing to provide product offerings through Pennie for 2021. Through our reinsurance partnership with Pennie, we’ve also realized an average statewide decrease of 3.3 percent in the individual market for the coming plan year.”
Altman explained that “Now more than ever health is a priority across the Commonwealth and country. Open Enrollment serves as the opportunity for Pennsylvanians to get the coverage they need to ensure their family is able to access care should they need it.
Pennie encourages anyone seeking coverage to go to pennie.com before December 15 and enroll in one of the high-quality options available in their area. Anyone who misses the December 15 deadline can still apply for coverage through Pennie until January 15, 2021. Coverage selected after December 15 will begin February 1, 2021.