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COVID-19 Temporary Open Enrollment

Posted on: February 11, 2021
Open Enrollment

Contributor(s): PHS Editorial Team

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New COVID-19 Open Enrollment Period Now Underway on HealthCare.gov, But Only for a Limited Time

Enroll in comprehensive, affordable health insurance on HealthCare.gov before time runs out

 

Hamilton, OH - People have a new opportunity to enroll in health insurance for 2021 on HealthCare.gov, but only for a limited time. This new COVID-19 open enrollment period starts on February 15, 2021 and ends on May 15, 2021. 

 

With job losses continuing to mount amid the COVID-19 resurgence, and millions of people having lost their job-based health insurance since the start of this public health and economic crisis, the Biden Administration has opened HealthCare.gov to give people who need health insurance a new opportunity to get covered, but they must act quickly.

 

“More than 200,000 Ohioans enrolled in a health insurance plan during open enrollment,” said Cindy Trauthwein, Certified Application Counselor for Primary Health Solutions. “There’s a new chance for people to sign up, and anyone who needs health insurance should visit HealthCare.gov today. Don’t delay.”

 

Health insurance is more affordable than many people think. In Ohio, 50% of current marketplace consumers had plans available for 2021 that cost less than $50 per month, after financial help. Nearly 8 out of ten marketplace enrollees in Ohio received financial help that lowered their monthly health insurance premiums last year. In addition, 33% of enrollees also qualified for lower out-of-pocket costs for health care services.

 

“Many people can find good deals on HealthCare.gov and receive financial assistance to help lower their monthly health insurance costs,” said Trauthwein.

 

Consumers enrolling in a plan on HealthCare.gov are guaranteed to receive comprehensive coverage, with no pre-existing condition exclusions or markups. All plans cover essential benefits, including doctor and hospital visits, prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and maternity care. In addition, consumers receive free preventive care services, such as immunizations and health screenings. Testing and treatment of COVID-19 are considered essential health benefits and are covered by all HealthCare.gov plans.

 

Consumers should avoid insurance plans offered outside of HealthCare.gov that seem too good to be true. “Junk insurance” products pose huge financial risks to consumers. These products can refuse to pay for care for pre-existing conditions, charge consumers more based on their gender, and impose annual coverage limits.

 

“HealthCare.gov is the only website where Ohio consumers are guaranteed to get comprehensive coverage,” said Trauthwein. “Consumers buying junk plans will be exposed to serious risks.” 

 

The health insurance landscape can be confusing, but free, local help is available. You can find someone to help you navigate the enrollment process by calling Primary Health Solutions at 513-454-1111 or 937-535-5060. Certified Application Counselors are available and ready to assist you. 

 

To learn more, please visit myprimaryhealthsolutions.org

 

Media Contact:

Ronda Croucher

VP of Community Engagement

Phone: 513.454.1466 office/513.404.1977 mobile

Email address: rondac@myprimaryhealthsolutions.org