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One More Day for Open Enrollment on PA Health Insurance Marketplace

January 14, 2021

Residents looking for health insurance on Pennsylvania’s health insurance marketplace have just one day left to select plans that begin February 1, 2021, and the call center will remain open until midnight on January 15, 2021.  

Open enrollment on the state’s new marketplace, Pennie, began November 15 and ends Friday. The new statewide health insurance marketplace replaces HealthCare.gov as the go-to resource for Pennsylvanians who need to purchase their own insurance. The state transitioned away from the federal insurance portal in an effort to increase access and affordability through the state’s reinsurance program. Marketplace premiums decreased by 3.3 percent on average this year, state officials said.

“I urge anyone who is in need of health coverage to consider Pennie and to reach out for information and assistance before the Friday deadline,” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement. “As we continue to fight COVID-19, it’s even more important that all Pennsylvanians have access to the care they need for all their health needs—preventive care, management of chronic conditions, and the confidence that their health coverage is available and affordable.”

As of January 6, 2021, state officials said about 324,000 Pennsylvanians had enrolled in health insurance plans. Governor Wolf noted all plans listed on the state marketplace provide free coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment. Nationally, about 8.3 million Americans selected marketplace plans, according to the latest federal data.

This state marketplace has several resources to aid consumers, including a plan comparison tool, and customer service available over the phone and online.

With specific questions about your 2021 health insurance options or how to sign up, visit Pennie’s contact page. After open enrollment, Pennsylvanians can still seek coverage through Pennie during special election periods triggered by specific life events, such as divorce, death of a subscriber, or a dependent, etc.

For questions or more information about 2021 enrollment, contact Jolene Calla, Esq., HAP vice president, health care finance and insurance.