CONCORD, New Hampshire, November 3 – The New Hampshire Department of Insurance issued the following press release on November 2, 2021:
The New Hampshire Department of Insurance (NHID), Ministry of Health and Social Services (DHHS), Southern New Hampshire Services, First Choice Services and Health Market Connect today launched the Healthcare.gov Registration period open to the market.
The enrollment period open for Granite Staters who purchase or change their Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual health coverage for 2022 runs from Monday, November 1, 2021 through Saturday January 15, 2022.
This year, New Hampshire will have two Navigator Fellows, First Choice Services and Health Market Connect, with a combined award of $ 1.6 million which will aim to increase access to medicare and reduce barriers to obtaining affordable medicare. Three insurance companies will offer ACA-compliant individual plans on the NH Marketplace: Anthem, Ambetter from NH Healthy Families and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Plans purchased during this enrollment period will provide health insurance coverage until 2022.
âThis is a great opportunity for Granite Staters who do not have health insurance with their employer, Medicare or Medicaid to enroll in the Individual market, said the governor Chris Sununu. âThe implementation of the 1332 exemption has been a huge success and has kept premiums 14% lower than they were previously. In fact, premiums for the individual and small group market are the lowest in New England. These health insurance rates will help more people access the health care they need. “
“New Hampshire continues to have a strong and competitive health insurance market, âsaid Insurance Commissioner Christophe Nicolopoulos. âEveryone deserves access to quality, affordable health care. At NHID, we remain committed to fostering a more affordable, stable and accessible health insurance market for all New Hampshire consumers. “” Access to affordable health care is essential for New Hampshire families, and we are happy to be associated with the NH Insurance Department to educate our residents about the choices they have when it comes to supporting their health and well-being, âsaid DHHS Associate Commissioner Christine santaniello. “As we begin to help people find health insurance coverage at the end of the federal public health emergency, it is more important than ever for our residents to understand the options available and make care decisions. health care systems that will work best for their families. “
In 2020, NHID saw a 24% increase in unsubsidized registrants, representing approximately 5,550 Granite Staters. This is due to the affordability of individual health coverage and the success of the 1332 waiver program.
The NHID refers to the Second Cheapest Money Plan for 40-Year-Old Non-smokers (SLCSP) as the market premium barometer. For fiscal year 2022, this SLCSP rate is $ 308.57. Without the 1332 waiver in place, this rate would have been $ 358.62which means that the waiver continues to result in rates approximately 14% lower than they would otherwise have been. Last year, PY 2021, the SLCSP rate was $ 332.98. The SLCSP rate decreased 7.3% from the previous year.
“NHID encourages anyone in need of health insurance to investigate the market because most plans have never been so affordable,” Deputy Insurance Commissioner DJ Bettencourt said. âIf you are considering an individual plan, you should speak with a licensed insurance agent to thoroughly research all coverage options so you can determine the best plan for your needs. However, it is important to remember that you will still be eligible to join outside of the Special Enrollment Period if you have a life event such as the loss of other health coverage, marriage, death. birth of a child or a change in employment status.
“Thousands of New Hampshire residents have gained health coverage since the rollout of ACA, and the lower prices and expanded eligibility that will be available in the market this year are some of the most important things to happen to healthcare in New Hampshire since the launch of ACA, âsaid Jeremy smith, program director for NH Navigator. “This will make coverage more affordable immediately for almost anyone who wants Marketplace insurance.”
“Health Market Connect is proud to bring back a presence in the state of browsers for New Hampshire. The team of Community Navigators we have assembled are extremely diverse and ready to serve the Granite Staters, âsaid Elias Achooh, Project director for Health Market Connect. âWe have a built-in community call center that will connect our remote workforce statewide, while providing support in English, Spanish, French and Nepalese. NH residents will no longer have to struggle alone with difficult applications to secure crucial health insurance coverage. “
A broadcast-quality high-definition video of the press conference can be viewed at https://youtu.be/ZioQoY6xx0k.