Idaho: @YourHealthIdaho reminds residents of 12/15 deadline to #GetCovered

via Your Health Idaho:

Less Than One Week to Enroll in 2021 Health Insurance

  • Your Health Idaho extends customer support hours ahead of Dec. 15 deadline

BOISE, Idaho – Idahoans have until 11:59 p.m. (MT) on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to enroll in 2021 health insurance coverage through Your Health Idaho, the state insurance exchange. After open enrollment ends, Idahoans will not be able to enroll in coverage unless they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

“As expected after the Thanksgiving holiday, we have seen an increased interest from Idahoans looking to enroll in 2021 health insurance coverage,” said Your Health Idaho Executive Director, Pat Kelly. “To ensure consumers are getting the help they need, Your Health Idaho has expanded business hours through December and implemented new contact options.”

The Your Health Idaho Customer Support Center is open Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (MT) through December with some exceptions for the holidays. Additional phone and email support will be available on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (MT). Detailed business hours and contact options can be found online at YourHealthidaho.org.

With the enrollment deadline less than one week away, Your Health Idaho is encouraging Idahoans to use the online window-shopping feature to browse and compare 2021 plans.

“When you visit YourHealthIdaho.org and answer a few simple questions, you can get an idea of what plans are available in your area, and more importantly, how much you can expect to pay for coverage next year,” said Kelly. “Then, when you are ready to enroll, we always recommend working with a Your Health Idaho-certified insurance agent or broker to choose your plan. They are the experts, and their help is completely free.”

A list of certified agents and brokers is available online at YourHealthIdaho.org/find-help.

Your Health Idaho is the only place where eligible Idahoans can receive a health insurance tax credit. Based on household size and income, the tax credit acts like an instant discount and reduces the monthly cost of health insurance premiums. This year, an individual making up to $51,040 a year, or a family of four earning up to $104,800 a year, could qualify for a tax credit.

“In 2020, more than 80 percent of enrolled Idahoans received a tax credit to help pay for their monthly premiums, and one in three paid $0 a month,” said Kelly. “We say it every year, but it bears repeating that it never hurts to look, especially when you could potentially save big on your out-of-pocket costs.”

To enroll in health insurance for the 2021 plan year, visit YourHealthIdaho.org . For questions or to speak with a Your Health Idaho representative, call 1-855-944-3246.

Open Enrollment ends Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.