Pennsylvanians Urged to Sign Up for Health Insurance Before Final Deadline

Health Insurance Final DeadlinePennsylvania Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphreys speaks during Tuesday's event. (Credit: Commonwealth Media Services)

PENNSYLVANIA — In case you haven’t heard, the final deadline for health insurance coverage through Pennie is January 15. That’s right, if you want to have coverage that starts February 1, you need to sign up before Sunday! Pennsylvanians are being urged to take advantage of this last opportunity to get affordable health insurance. There are many benefits to being covered by Pennie, including savings on your monthly premiums. Keep reading for more information about the final deadline and how to sign up for coverage.

On Tuesday, representatives of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and Pennie officials gathered at Health Annex in Philadelphia to remind Pennsylvanians that January 15 was the last day to sign up for health coverage through Pennie, Pennsylvania’s official online health insurance marketplace. All coverage acquired before this date will begin on February 1, giving customers access to quality health coverage at affordable monthly premiums. To reduce costs further, most Pennie users are eligible for premium savings amounting to roughly $500 each month. With the assistance of Pennie, Pennsylvania residents can rest assured they are receiving the best healthcare services available without breaking the bank.

Pennie Executive Director Zachary Sherman emphasized the critical need to check out Pennie to protect both your health and wallet. With their effective healthcare assistance, you can enjoy financial stability, access to essential services and preventive care without affecting your budget. This is especially beneficial for households that are struggling financially as Pennie works diligently to keep health insurance costs low. To review your options, quickly and easily enroll by January 15th at pennie.com and enter the new year with peace of mind knowing your health is taken care of.

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Pennsylvania families are saving more this Open Enrollment thanks to a change in federal policy for families who get coverage through their work. Those asked to pay more than 9.2% of their household income for their employer family plan can now go to Pennie to receive premium savings on their cost of coverage. Pennsylvanians previously impacted by this issue can come back to Pennie to apply or update their application to enroll and receive the savings their family deserve.

“During these final days of Open Enrollment for 2023 coverage, we want to encourage consumers to explore their available options on Pennie and shop around to find a plan, even if you already have insurance,” said Acting Insurance Commissioner Michael Humphreys. “The Insurance Department prioritizes a competitive, robust marketplace because that means more choices and more affordable options for consumers. Health coverage has never been more affordable, or easier to access, than now, through Pennie, so consider researching and comparing plans to find coverage that best fits you and your family’s needs.”

Health insurance can be confusing, so finding help through Pennie is as simple as ABC:  Assisters, Brokers, and Customer Service Representatives are all Pennie-certified to provide answers and guidance for Pennsylvanians. Local help can be in-person, over the phone, or virtual and in one’s preferred language. All can be found on the connect page at pennie.com.

Pennie encourages anyone seeking coverage to go to pennie.com by January 15 to enroll in one of the high-quality options available in their area. Pennsylvanians interested in shopping for and purchasing health coverage through Pennie can visit pennie.com or call Pennie Customer service at 1-844-844-8040. Pennie Customer Service will be open from 8 a.m. until midnight on Sunday, January 15.

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Following Open Enrollment, people that experience a change in life circumstance, such as the birth/adoption of a child or a change in job status, may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period through Pennie.

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