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State insurance exchange opens

From Mirror staff reports

HARRISBURG — The 2022 Open Enrollment Period for health care coverage through Pennie, Pennsylvania’s state-based health insurance marketplace, is now underway. The enrollment deadline is Dec. 15 and coverage begins New Year’s Day.

“Pennie is the one-stop shop for Pennsylvanians’ health care needs,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “With Pennie, Pennsylvanians have access to a variety of resources to help them understand how to apply, shop and enroll in health coverage including access to people who can help them right in their community.”

Pennie also provides financial assistance for those who qualify, which helps make health care coverage more affordable for Pennsylvanians, the governor said.

In July 2019, Wolf signed legislation establishing the state-based marketplace. Pennie replaces healthcare.gov as Pennsylvania’s official destination for shopping for quality health insurance plans and the only source for financial assistance to help with the cost of coverage and care.

Currently there are nearly 344,000 Pennie customers throughout the commonwealth.

“Now is the time to sign up for low-cost, quality coverage through Pennie. As a result of the American Rescue Plan premium savings, coverage has never been more in reach for so many Pennsylvanians,” said Pennie Executive Director Zachary W. Sherman. “Nine out of 10 Pennie customers qualify for savings, which have increased in value for low-income individuals, working families and near-retirees. Open Enrollment is the opportunity for Pennsylvanians to protect their health and their budgets by getting the coverage they need to ensure access to care.”

In addition to Pennie, Wolf expanded Medicaid in 2015, ensuring more Pennsylvanians have access to Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania. Today, more than 3,300,000 Pennsylvanians are covered by Medical Assistance including almost 1 million people through the expansion.

Pennsylvanians who need health insurance coverage can visit www.pennie.com to explore options or call Pennie customer care at 1-844-844-8040.

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