December 12, 2016

Health Insurance Marketplace 2017 open enrollment ends January 31

The Sisters of Charity Health System believes families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. In support of the communities we serve, we work to share changes and opportunities to enroll in health insurance.

We want you to know that the last chance to enroll for health insurance in 2017 through the Health Insurance Marketplace is January 31. The Health Insurance Marketplace, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, is a straightforward way for consumers to find health coverage that fits their budget and meets their needs. Every health insurance plan in the marketplace offers essential health benefits, including doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions and more. Consumers are able to compare plans based on price, benefits, quality and other factors with a clear picture of premiums and cost-sharing amounts to choose the health insurance that best fits their needs.

“With plans available for less than $75 per month in premiums, 2.1 million Americans have already selected coverage through HealthCare.gov, more than had signed up at this time last year,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “I hear from people across the country just how much coverage matters to them, so I continue to encourage all Americans who need health insurance for 2017 to visit HealthCare.gov and check out their options.”

To make coverage more affordable, subsidies are available to people with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. That’s about $47,000 for one person or $97,200 for a family of four.

There are three ways to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and get covered:

Enroll online (HealthCare.gov)

Over the phone (800.318.2596)

In-person assistance (localhelp.healthcare.gov)

Also, consumers who had Health Insurance Marketplace coverage in 2015 have until January 31 to compare their current plans with other plans available in their area, change plans, enroll, and update income and household information to determine if they qualify for additional subsidies. Last year, consumers who shopped and switched plans saved nearly $400. And this year, more than seven out of 10 current consumers will be able to find a plan with monthly premiums less than $75.

To learn more, visit HealthCare.gov.

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