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Open Enrollment Continues, Enroll America Releases “Get Covered Tools”

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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Open Enrollment Continues, Enroll America Releases “Get Covered Tools”

December 4, 2014 | Health Insurance Exchanges | Comments
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This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updated enrollment data for the second annual open enrollment period, which began on November 15. In the first two weeks, more than 765,000 people enrolled in a health insurance plan with 48 percent of these enrollments being “new consumers”.  An additional 1.5 million people have submitted applications for insurance to determine their eligibility for coverage.

“The first deadline is just a couple of weeks away on December 15,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. “We’re encouraging everyone who is already covered through the Marketplace to come back and shop because there could be savings. And for those who are thinking about getting health coverage, take a look at your options – most consumers qualify for financial help. We expect even more consumers to shop and save during the next two weeks.”

For those shopping for health insurance in the marketplaces, Enroll America has released tools to help connect consumers to coverage and ensure they know about the assistance they can get when enrolling. The first is the “Get Covered Calculator” which lets consumers receive a quick estimate for how much health insurance would cost them and their family and how much financial assistance they could quality for. The second is the “Get Covered Connector” which shows consumers where they can get free local help with their insurance application. This tool allows shoppers to schedule appointments with assisters in their community.

The open enrollment period ends February 15, 2015. Stay tuned to Capitol Connector for more updates on the health insurance enrollment period.