90K in Virginia sign up for Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment in 2016

healthcareThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced today that over 2.1 million people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform since Open Enrollment began on November 1, including 92,136 in Virginia.

This includes both new consumers and consumers renewing their coverage on Healthcare.gov.

“With plans available for less than $75 per month in premiums, 2.1 million Americans, including 92,136 in Virginia, 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 Virginians who need health insurance for 2017 to visit HealthCare.gov and check out their options. Consumers should be sure to enroll by December 15th for coverage that starts January 1st.”

Because this year’s Open Enrollment began mid-week, today’s snapshot covers two fewer days than last week’s Week 4 snapshot. Nonetheless, plan selections in Virginia are higher than last year at this time.

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

 

Five facts about Open Enrollment in Virginia

  1. Since Open Enrollment began on Nov. 1, 92,136 Virginia consumers have selected a plan using the HealthCare.gov platform.
  2. Coverage could be more affordable than you think.  67 percent of Virginia Marketplace enrolleescan 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.
  3. Shopping for a better deal could save you money. For 2017, HealthCare.gov consumers in Virginiacould save an average of $501 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.
  4. It’s easier than ever to find a plan that meets your needs and budget. This year, when consumers come to HealthCare.gov, shoppers will find a stream-lined, user-friendly process. Comparing plans online or on mobile will be an intuitive, step-by-step process to click or swipe through. Simple, easy-to-understand presentation of plan features like cost-sharing and provider networks will help consumers find what works for them.
  5. 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.
    • Visit HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov.
    • 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 Virginia.


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