Health Insurance Open Enrollment begins November 1
Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment continues through January 31, 2016
SITKA, October 27, 2015 — Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins November 1, 2015, and continues through January 31, 2016. If you do not currently have health insurance, now is the time to explore the 2016 options on www.healthcare.gov to see if you are eligible for affordable health care coverage. You may receive assistance lowering monthly premiums, co-pays, and deductibles, or be eligible for Medicaid, depending on your income, age, and family size. If you currently have insurance through the Marketplace, you must renew your application by January 31.
There are three ways to sign up or renew. People can visit the official Health Insurance Marketplace website, www.healthcare.gov; call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318- 2596, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week; or call SEARHC Outreach for assistance at 966-8883, 966-8662 or toll-free at 1-855-966-8684 during regular business hours. SEARHC is a Certified Application Counselor agency offering free assistance to all Southeast residents. Those needing assistance may also call Get Covered Alaska at 1-844-752-6725 or United Way at 2-1-1.
Anyone without health insurance in place during the 2016 calendar year will be required to pay a tax penalty on his or her 2015 tax filings. That penalty is $695 per adult, and half that for each child, or 2.5% of your income, whichever is higher.
“If you need assistance setting up an account on the Health Insurance Marketplace website and exploring your options and eligibility for cost saving reductions, we are here to assist you,” says Andrea Thomas, Outreach & Enrollment Manager for SEARHC. “We are trained to help you navigate the process.”