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Marketplace Health Insurance Open Enrollment Extended thru Dec 17

December 16, 2015

The deadline to sign up for insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov has been extended. If you enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov or the Marketplace Call Center by December 17 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, your coverage will begin January 1, 2016. If you provided your contact information online or through the call center, you will be contacted to come back and finish enrolling.
The extension was put in place as a result of unprecedented demand for coverage. More than a million people signed up for new health coverage, according to the federal government, and about 1.8 million renewed coverage through HealthCare.gov. 

For coverage starting January 1, 2016 for current Marketplace enrollees AND anyone currently without health insurance:
  • Marketplace Open Enrollment is extended thru December 17, 2015    
  • Current enrollees must re-enroll, or select and enroll in a new plan every year.  
  • Find no-cost insurance counseling help in your area online or call 800-318-2596, including questions about premium subsidies and your costs, how to make sure your medications and doctors are covered, completing the online application, and more.
  • To speak with someone about MS-specific benefits before choosing a plan, call the National MS Society at 1-800-344-4867.  
Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces, shared, “Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting HealthCare.gov, we are extending the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until 11:59pm PST December 17. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last two days and approximately 1 million consumers have left their contact information to hold their place in line. Our goal is to provide access to affordable coverage, and the additional 48 hours will give consumers an opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage.”

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