Time is Running Low for Consumers to Enroll in Coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace
January 16, 2015
COLUMBUS, OH – The clock is ticking and the hard and fast deadline to #GetCovered with medical coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is quickly approaching. Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers have until February 15 of this year to enroll in a health plan to cover themselves through 2015, or face fines and have to wait until next enrollment period to buy a plan.
With only 30 days to go until the end of open enrollment, Ohioans should act now to ensure they have time to shop, consider their best options and enroll in a plan that will best fit their personal and/or family’s medical needs.
“Last year we saw a surge of Ohioans interested in learning about their health insurance options and enrolling in coverage around the final deadline, and we expect to see the same this year as we approach February 15,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “That’s why we are encouraging people to start the process now to make sure there’s plenty of time to find a plan that will work for their needs and their budget.”
Because shopping for health coverage can be daunting for first time buyers or for anyone who is unfamiliar with insurance terms, Get Covered America encourages consumers to seek guidance from certified assisters who provide free, professional help and can answer questions about coverage and benefits. Scheduling an appointment is as easy as booking a time for an oil change: simply use the Get Covered Connectoronline tool or call 1-800-648-1176.
Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released this week found more than 186,000 Ohioans enrolled or re-enrolled in a plan through the Marketplace from November 15 to January 9.
Most Ohioans qualify for financial assistance to help pay the cost of their premiums. In fact, 84% of the Ohioans who signed up on the Marketplace last open enrollment period qualified for financial help.
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