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PA Health Insurance Marketplace Opening for COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period

February 12, 2021

Beginning next week, Pennsylvania residents who need health insurance, or those who may want to change their current plan, can visit the state’s health insurance marketplace Pennie to enroll.

Citing the “economic and public health implications of the pandemic,” state officials announced a 60-day COVID-19 special enrollment period from February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021. The move comes after the Biden Administration issued an executive order last month calling for the reopening of the federal health insurance marketplace. States with their own insurance exchanges were encouraged, but not required, to follow suit.

“I hope any Pennsylvanian without health insurance will seek coverage to protect themselves and their families from the cost of COVID-19,” Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said in a statement. There will also be marketing efforts throughout the state to help reinforce this message.

Nearly 338,000 people selected plans during Pennsylvania’s first enrollment, including 75,000 new customers, state officials said. About nine out of ten customers on the marketplace qualified for financial assistance to lower the cost of their plans.

With specific questions about your 2021 health insurance options or how to sign up, visit Pennie’s contact page. Consumers who need to shop for insurance can use the plan comparison tool, and customer service is available over the phone and online.

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