Statewide insurance exchange helps expand access for uninsured and underinsured Pennsylvanians. PA-ACP helped pass this legislation in 2019.
Uninsured Pennsylvanians or those affected by COVID-19 can now visit pennie.com and enroll in a plan through August 15
This week, the Pennie Board of Directors unanimously voted to extend the current COVID-19 Enrollment Period to August 15, 2021, aligning with the federal extension which was announced earlier this week. Pennie is committed to providing ample time and opportunity for Pennsylvanians to access quality health coverage and financial assistance.
PA-ACP supported creation of a statewide health insurance marketplace – now Pennie.com - worked to secure passage of legislation in June of 2019 as an alternative to the federal marketplace. Pennie has helped expand access and provide additional funds to support underwriting the costs of coverage for uninsured Pennsylvanians since its opening in 2020.
Patients trust their doctors. Polls show that when the public is asked which professions rate highest on honesty and ethical standards, physicians appear towards the top of the list. So when patients have questions about health insurance, they're likely to ask their physician for advice on picking the plan that best suits their needs.
Pennsylvania's health insurance marketplace has a call center staffed by health insurance experts to provide help and information. Community-based organizations throughout the state will be there to provide in-person help to answer questions and assist with enrollment. The call center number is 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Pennie is currently working to implement and make a reality the significant and exciting savings provided through the American Rescue Plan. These savings will increase financial assistance to those who currently receive it and will ensure no one will be paying more than 8.5 percent of their income on premiums through Pennie for the next two years. An extended enrollment period will give individuals more time to enroll in health coverage and take advantage of the new opportunities for financial assistance once they are implemented. Pennie is committed to providing tangible relief for those who are struggling with the pandemic and its economic repercussions and feels it is necessary to provide an extension of the COVID-19 Enrollment Period to ensure accessible and affordable coverage is an option to all Pennsylvanians during this public health emergency.
Another piece of the American Rescue Plan is providing more generous assistance to those who lost their jobs but want to remain on their employer health insurance plans through COBRA. Currently, those laid off workers have to pay the full cost of that coverage but under the American Rescue Plan, they will pay no premiums for this coverage from April through September. Following September, Pennie encourages anyone on COBRA to consider switching over to Pennie for their low-cost or no-cost premiums. Pennie will be adding this transition as a qualifying life event for customers to enroll through a Special Enrollment Period.
Pennie is the only source for financial assistance to help with the cost of coverage and care and can also link customers to free certified experts to assist with the application or plan selection process. Pennie encourages anyone who has found themselves uninsured and is seeking coverage, to visit pennie.com to learn more or to call Pennie customer care at 1-844-844-8040 before August 15.
Pennie is Pennsylvania’s state-affiliated health insurance marketplace created to reduce costs and better support the needs of customers purchasing health coverage. For more information, visit pennie.com or follow Pennie on social at fb.com/PenniePA and Twitter.com/PennieOfficial.