Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Deadline Approaches

Enrollment is outpacing last year's figures with only two weeks remaining before the Dec. 15 deadline

By Beacon STaff

More than 2.1 million people have selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform since open enrollment began Nov. 1, including 12,395 in Montana, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Enrollment is outpacing last year’s figures with only two weeks remaining before the Dec. 15 deadline. The figures include both new consumers and consumers renewing their coverage on Healthcare.gov.

“I hear from people across the country just how much coverage matters to them, so I continue to encourage all Montanans who need health insurance for 2017 to visit HealthCare.gov and check out their options,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “Consumers should be sure to enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage that starts Jan. 1.”

Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov to review coverage options, learn about what financial assistance is available, or to sign up or re-enroll in a plan that best meets their needs.

Facts about Open Enrollment in Montana:

— Roughly 77 percent of Montana marketplace enrollees can find plans with a premium for less than $75 per month. Nationwide, about 8 out of 10 people who enroll in health coverage through HealthCare.gov qualify for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable.

— Shopping for a better deal could save you money. For 2017, HealthCare.gov consumers in Montana could save an average of $968 annually in premiums for a plan in the same level of coverage by returning to shop. If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov for 2016, you should come back to update your information and compare your options for 2017.

— Help is available. Free, confidential help can be found in person or by phone. Call 1-800-318-2596 for confidential assistance 24/7, in English or Spanish. Free in-person help is also available in your community, visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ to find a listing of enrollment centers and events in Montana.

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