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Four Key Messages for Consumers during Pennie Open Enrollment

State leaders emphasized these key points for 2022

November 01, 2021

Open enrollment on the state health insurance marketplace, Pennie, began today, and state leaders are urging everyone who needs coverage to go online to evaluate their options.

On Monday, state leaders hosted a press conference at City Hall in Philadelphia to highlight open enrollment for 2022, which began today and continues through January 15, 2022. Consumers have until December 15 to pick a plan that begins New Year’s Day.

"We all benefit from a society that ensures access to health care,” Governor Tom Wolf said during the event.

State leaders emphasized four key messages during the event:

  • Additional savings continue for 2022:  With federal COVID-19 relief funding, about 53 percent of Pennie customers are paying less than $1 for coverage and 71 percent are paying less than $50 per month for coverage. Nine out of ten Pennie customers qualified for savings during 2021
  • There are more coverage options than ever before:  Twenty-five counties are gaining a new insurer on the marketplace, including 22 counties gaining a single insurer and three counties gaining two insurers
  • Affordable plans are available:  Insurance rates have stabilized on the health insurance marketplace. On average, individual coverage premiums will increase 0.2 percent from 2021. Small group coverage will increase an average of 4.5 percent, state officials said last month
  • Reach out for help:  Enrollment navigators can help consumers evaluate their options and pick a plan that meets their needs

For the first time, some counties will have as many as six insurers offering coverage this year, said Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. She said Pennsylvania’s reinsurance program helped limit increases in premiums for 2022.

There are nearly 344,000 Pennie customers throughout the commonwealth, state officials said today.

Consumers re-enrolling in coverage are encouraged to visit the marketplace, as plans and subsidies can change from year to year. For more information, visit the state’s dedicated health insurance page or Pennie 101 guide.

Pennsylvanians with insurance questions can find information online or call Pennie customer care at (844) 844-8040

A replay of the press conference is available online.