December 22 is the deadline for Pennsylvanians who want state marketplace health insurance

Written by on December 15, 2020

December 22 is the deadline for Pennsylvanians who want state marketplace health insurance

By Gabi Falk, WLVR Lehigh University Intern

December 15, 2020

Consumers hoping to buy individual health care plans on HealthCare.gov have until December 22 to sign up.

Pennsylvanians who want to start the new year with coverage through the state-run healthcare marketplace have until December 22 to sign up. Those who don’t make that deadline will have until January 15 to do so, but their coverage won’t begin until February.

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Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey says over 26 million Americans may be uninsured or looking for insurance as a result of the pandemic. 

He says now more than ever, people need the Affordable Care Act. 

“This year for the first time our state is enrolling consumers through its own state run marketplace, Pennie.” 

Casey says Pennie allows the state to tailor open enrollment to the needs of citizens.

Jessica Altman is the State Insurance Commissioner. She wants Pennsylvanias to know help is available if they need it.   

“If you don’t have coverage now or if anyone you love doesn’t have coverage now, in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic I just want to close by saying the time to get covered and to make sure that you and your family is protected is right now.”

December 22 is the deadline to enroll for coverage that will begin January 1. January 15 is the last day to apply for coverage which will begin February 1. Pennsylvanians can enroll online or over the phone.

This story is part of a collaboration between WLVR News and Lehigh University’s Department of Journalism & CommunicationView all student stories.

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