The open enrollment deadline is approaching for ACA coverage

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Saturday is the open registration deadline for West Virginia applying for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

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Market coverage is available to anyone who does not qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, or employer-based insurance.

Jeremy Smith, program director for West Virginia Navigator, said more people are taking advantage of insurance this year because of the low prices.

“We are seeing a record number of people qualifying for a $ 0 per month plan after the grant begins,” Smith said.

So far, more than 13.8 million consumers have signed up for 2022 health care coverage, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In West Virginia, more than 21,000 people have signed up for coverage, which Smith says is up about 2,000 from last year.

The number of consumers with coverage for $ 10 or less per month after tax credits has nearly doubled, Smith said, meaning most high-income people will now be able to qualify for the plans at lower. cost.

“Previously, if you earned more than 400% of the federal poverty line, you couldn’t get any of the grants that helped you pay for the health care plan you chose. Now they have removed that cap and even higher income people can qualify for financial assistance, ”he said.

Bill Tuthill, senior vice president of federal markets at Highmark Health, told MetroNews they are seeing increased coverage.

“This year we’ve almost quadrupled the number of people who buy until we call our Gold plan – the highest level of coverage – and continue to pay what they previously paid on some of those older plans. “said Tuthill. “We have about 15% more people signed up for Highmark coverage than last year. “

All plans cover essential benefits, including doctor and hospital visits, prescription drugs, mental health care, and maternity care. In addition, consumers receive free preventive health care services, such as vaccinations and health examinations.

Smith said they can help people over the phone or at their offices in Charleston, Martinsburg, Fairmont and Huntington.

WV Navigator recently opened additional offices in the state to conduct more outreach.

The association will be holding registration events this week in Bridgeport, Martinsburg and Charleston until the Saturday deadline:

  • Tuesday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bridgeport Conference Center
  • Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg
  • Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bible Center Church in Charleston

The Biden administration has extended the open registration deadline by one month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally scheduled to end on December 15, 2021.

WV Navigator is a federally funded, non-profit organization that helps families and other underserved communities access health coverage options through Marketplace, Medicaid, or CHIP.

US Senator Joe Manchin said in a statement this week: “Thanks to the US bailout, which I voted for last March, the Affordable Care Act is offering lower premiums and cheaper health plans for people with disabilities. West Virginia. With only five days left, I urge every West Virginia without health insurance to visit health care.gov to find a plan that works for you and your family.

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