TODAY, Open Enrollment begins and consumers can enroll in health coverage at HealthCare.gov for the 2020 calendar year. Get America Covered has returned for the third year to continue its effort to make sure people understand how easy and affordable it is to sign up for quality, comprehensive coverage through HealthCare.gov or state marketplaces.
This year, customers that visit HealthCare.gov to search for coverage will continue to benefit from stable marketplaces with increased competition and more affordable health plans. In recent years, 4 million Americans have enrolled in zero-dollar plans. Recent CMS data finds that two-thirds of Healthcare.gov consumers could qualify for health plans that cost as little as $10 or less per month, including in key states for enrollment such as Texas and Florida, where more than 75% of consumers can find a plan for $10 or less per month.
5 Vital Facts About Signing Up For Coverage at HealthCare.gov:
#1: Sign up by December 15. Open Enrollment starts on November 1 but you must take action by December 15, no matter if this is your first time getting covered or if you are returning to shop and save.
#2: Coverage could be cheaper than you think. Last year, 9 in 10 people qualified for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. In fact, 2 out of 3 HealthCare.gov customers can find a plan for $10 or less this year .
#3: Shop and save. If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov for 2019, you should come back to update your information and compare your options for 2020. Every year, plans and prices change, you could save money by switching to a new plan that still meets your needs.
#4. Accidents happen: Health insurance protects you from the unexpected. Accidents happen and people get sick.
#5: Free help is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or quick away. Call 1-800-318-2596, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov or make a one-on-one appointment now
Get America Covered co-founder Joshua Peck released his analysis previewing Open Enrollment. You can read it in full here.
“Costs are stable. Consumer satisfaction remains high. Competition is increasing,” concludes Peck. “But none of that matters if the uninsured don’t know Open Enrollment is happening or worse — know it’s happening, but believe it isn’t worth their time to check out their options because they won’t be able to afford it, the process is too hard, or that so-called alternatives promoted by the administration can serve as a substitute for comprehensive, ACA-compliant coverage.”
Interview Requests: National spokespeople–including former Obama Health and Human Services Officials and Get America Covered Co-Founder Joshua Peck–are available for interviews about Open Enrollment and to answer questions your audience may have.