2016-12-06 / Front Page

Plans, process improved for HealthCare.gov

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday that over 2.1 million people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform since Open Enrollment began on Nov. 1, including 33,707 in Indiana.

That number includes both new consumers and consumers renewing their coverage on Healthcare.gov.

“With plans available for less than $75 per month in premiums, 2.1 million Americans, including 33,707 in Indiana, have already selected coverage through HealthCare.gov, more than had signed up at this time last year,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia

Burwell. “I hear from people across the country just how much coverage matters to them, so I continue to encourage all Hoosiers who need health insurance for 2017 to visit HealthCare.gov and check out their options. Consumers should be sure to enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage that starts Jan. 1.”

Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov to review their coverage options, learn about what financial assistance is available, or to sign up or re-enroll in a plan that best meets their needs.

Five facts about Open Enrollment in Indiana, as per DHHS:

1. Since Open Enrollment began on Nov. 1, 33,707 Indiana consumers have selected a plan using the Health- Care.gov platform.

2. Forty-eight percent of Indiana Marketplace enrollees can find plans with a premium for less than $75 per month. Nationwide, about eight out of 10 people who enroll in health coverage through HealthCare. gov qualify for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable.

3. For 2017, Health- Care.gov consumers in Indiana could save an average of $1,433 annually in premiums for a plan in the same level of coverage by returning to shop.

4. This year, when consumers come to Health- Care.gov, shoppers will find a stream-lined, user-friendly process. Comparing plans online or on mobile will be an intuitive, step-by-step process to click or swipe through.

Simple, easy-to-understand presentation of plan features like cost-sharing and provider networks will help consumers find what works for them.

5. Help is available. Free, confidential help can be found in person or by phone. Call 1-800- 318-2596 for confidential assistance 24/7, in English or Spanish. Visit HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov. Free in-person help is also available in your community, visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ to find a listing of enrollment centers and events in Indiana.

Open enrollment for 2017 ends on Jan. 31, 2017.

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