Pennsylvanians have until January 15 to sign up for 2022 health care coverage
Governor Tom Wolf today met with health professionals and state and local leaders at the Metro Community Health Center in Pittsburgh to discuss the next deadline for health care coverage in 2022 through the health insurance market. from the state of Pennsylvania, known as Pennie. Pennsylvanians have until January 15, 2022 to register for health care coverage starting February 1.
âFor uninsured Pennsylvanians, January 15 is a very important deadline,â Governor Wolf said. âJanuary 15 is the last day to register for 2022 healthcare coverage with no qualifying event. Pennsylvanians have one-stop access for health care needs, including financial assistance and help with applying, shopping, and registering for health coverage. I urge all uninsured Pennsylvanians to visit pennie.com for access to the affordable, quality health care they deserve.
Governor Wolf was joined by Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, Pennie Executive Director Zachary Sherman, Metro Community Health Center Founder and Medical Director Dr Kathy Homrock, Metro Community Health Center Founder Dr David Freeman, Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, the House Insurance Committee. Democratic President Tony DeLuca, Democratic Chairman of the House Health Committee Dan Frankel, and Rep. Summer Lee.
In July 2019, Governor Wolf signed a law establishing the state-based marketplace. Pennie replaces HealthCare.gov as Pennsylvania’s official destination to purchase quality health insurance plans and the only source of financial assistance to help with the cost of coverage and care. Currently there are almost 360,000 Pennie customers across the Commonwealth of Nations.
“We strongly recommend that Pennsylvanians seek the best plan to meet their individual, family and financial needs, even if they are currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through Pennie,” said Commissioner Altman. âOne of our top priorities has always been to increase competition within counties, which ultimately opens up more options for consumers looking for comprehensive health insurance. This year we have more options than ever.
âPennie is the bridge that connects Pennsylvanians to comprehensive, quality health coverage,â said Pennie Executive Director Zach Sherman. âIt’s also the only place for clients to access financial assistance in the personal market, reducing the cost of coverage and care. If you haven’t yet checked out the enhanced savings now available thanks to the US bailout, hurry up and do it before January 15 at pennie.com or by calling 1-844-844-8040. Our multilingual team of certified professionals will assist you every step of the way. Application in Spanish available.
Pennie.com offers easy-to-use online tools for those looking to assess their potential costs, savings opportunities, and planning options. These tools allow customers to compare different plans without having to provide personal information, so they can easily see which plans best fit their budget. Pennie also has a free and unbiased team available to provide registration assistance to those looking for help. Additionally, Pennie’s Customer Service Center has dedicated resources ready to answer questions and guide customers through the registration process. To contact Pennie’s free support, customers can visit pennie.com/connect.
Pennie’s customer service is open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-844-844-8040.
“This pandemic has strained many of our institutions and Americans have faced enormous stressors,” said Representative Frankel. âBut one point of consistency was our medical assistance program and our health insurance exchange. Through it all, without much fanfare, Pennsylvanians were able to stay insured. I am very grateful to Pennie, our state scholarship, which has allowed us to provide quality coverage at a lower cost. Pennsylvanians are all working hard to avoid getting sick right now, at a minimum, if they do, they know their care can be covered. “
âI was thrilled to support Act 42, which created Pennie. Pennie gives you peace of mind, âsaid representative DeLuca. âLife is coming and you never know when you’ll need health insurance. “
âPennie’s registration deadline is just 10 days away. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, the peak of the flu season quickly approaching, and the ability for an emergency to strike anytime, healthcare coverage is more important than ever, â said Representative Lee. âPennie provides comprehensive, affordable and easy-to-understand health plans for people. If you need coverage, please register by January 15, 2022.
In addition to Pennie, Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid in 2015, ensuring more Pennsylvanians have access to medical assistance in Pennsylvania. Today, more than 3.3 million Pennsylvanians are covered by medical assistance, including nearly a million people thanks to the expansion. By expanding access to health care, the Commonwealth achieved the lowest uninsured rate in Pennsylvania history during the Wolf administration and insurance rates are now the most stable in a year to the other than they never were.
“I firmly believe that access to health care is a basic right, but it is also good for the economy of Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “I will continue to ensure that quality health insurance remains accessible and affordable for all Pennsylvanians.”