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State Officials Remind Pennsylvanians that Health Insurance, Other Assistance May Be Available

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services remind Pennsylvanians who experience certain major life changes, including the loss of employer-based health care coverage in conjunction with a job loss, are eligible to enroll in health insurance on the federal exchange. Information about these Special Enrollment Periods are available and the insurance department’s website and at HealthCare.gov.

In addition, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid also provide coverage if individuals/families meet income eligibility requirements. Both Medicaid and CHIP will cover COVID-19 testing and treatment, and prior authorization will be lifted for some services, such as chest CT scans.

The Wolf Administration also issued a reminder to Pennsylvania residents about the food assistance programs available in the state, highlighting the fact that applications and benefit renewals for assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be processed as usual, with Emergency SNAP applications often issued within five days.

Pennsylvania residents can visit COMPASS or download the MyCOMPASS phone app to check eligibility and apply for benefits for programs, such as:

Nationwide, eleven states and the District of Columbia have reopened state-based health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for Americans affected by layoffs. Pennsylvania is among many states that have called on national officials to reopen federal insurance enrollment at Healthcare.gov to allow Americans to obtain subsidized, affordable health insurance.

More information about COVID-19 and insurance coverage is available at the Department of Insurance’s Frequently Asked Questions web page.

For more information, contact HAP’s Jolene Calla, HAP’s vice president, health care finance and insurance.

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