December 15th ACA deadline looming

  • December 15th ACA deadline looming

December 15th ACA deadline looming

"When you shorten enrollment periods, people who don't particularly need insurance usually wait until the last minute [to enroll]", he said. In the meantime, "Kansans should not miss this year's opportunity to enroll and take advantage of the free enrollment assistance provided by Navigators and other certified assisters", Weisgrau said.

In Illinois, some consumers who successfully completed an application for financial assistance through got a message saying they would likely be eligible to buy a health plan, "but none are available to you in your area".

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues weekly snapshots of enrollment activity through the platform.

Enrollees are urged to start the enrollment process now, because heavy volume as the Friday deadline nears could slow the website or create long hold times for those phoning in to obtain coverage.

PHMC's partner organization, the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, is opening the doors of its offices located at 1501 Cherry offer assistance during the last three days of the enrollment period.

One exception: People living in hurricane-affected areas can get an extension to sign up by December 31 by contacting the call center.

"If there are people who don't know about the deadline, I just may simply not know about them", said Susan Wilson, an ACA navigator at the Council on Aging.

Kiger and Wilson said news of the 14 percent premium increase Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina adopted for its ACA plans and somewhat confusing notices the insurer sent to customers had many expecting to pay much more for insurance than they actually will.

That experience is not universal, she said. Those who choose to go without health insurance may have to pay a minimum penalty of $695.

Despite the republicans quest to wipe it out, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land.

"Not everyone is walking away feeling like their plan is affordable", Kiger said.

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Kara Odom Walker said more than half of the Delawareans who signed up for a plan a year ago did it at the last minute. Consumers can schedule an appointment with a Navigator by visiting or calling 2-1-1.