HHS encourages consumers to enroll before the December 15 deadline

December 11, 2015

Heading into the final days before the December 15 deadline for January 1 coverage, over 2.8 million consumers selected a plan in the HealthCare.gov platform as of December 5, 2015, including 97,551 in Illinois.  This includes both new consumers and consumers returning to shop for private health insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov.

                “I am pleased with the strong start to this year’s Open Enrollment,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said.  "While we have more work to do, more than 1 million new consumers have signed up for affordable quality coverage in the 38 states that use HealthCare.gov. And existing Marketplace customers who have returned and shopped for a more affordable plan are paying less in premiums this year than they were paying last year. Time is running out to sign up for a health plan that begins on January 1. With less than a week remaining before the December 15th deadline, we urge consumers to visit Healthcare.gov and get enrolled.”

                Open Enrollment for 2016 health coverage at HealthCare.gov began November 1, 2015, and runs through January 31, 2016. However, it’s important to note that individuals who need coverage starting January 1, 2016 must sign up by the December 15, 2015 deadline.

                Having health insurance when you can afford it is now the law. If someone chooses not to buy health insurance and could afford to do so, they are at risk ofpaying a fee of $695 or more.

                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.

                As we near the December 15 deadline officials from HHS are available for print, radio and television interviews. To request an interview with an official from HHS, email press@cms.hhs.gov.

Five Facts about Open Enrollment in Illinois:

                Since Open Enrollment began on Nov. 1, 97,551 Illinois consumer shave selected a plan in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.

                Plans for 2016 are affordable, 54 percent of Illinois enrollees can find plans for $75 or less a month in premiums after tax credits. Nationwide, about 8 out of 10 people who enroll in health coverage through HealthCare.gov qualify for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable.

                For 2016, 96 percent of returning Illinois HealthCare.gov consumers could save an average  of $1,030 annually in premiums before tax credits for a plan in the same level of coverage by returning to shop.

                When Illinois customers visit HealthCare.gov they’ll find a variety of quality health coverage options available. For 2016, Illinois consumers can choose from 10 issuers and an average of 55 plans.

Free confidential enrollment help is available if people in Illinois have questions or want to talk through their options with a trained professional.

                Visit LocalHelp@HealthCare.gov to find a listingenrollment centers and events in your community where free, confidential enrollment help is offered.

Representatives at the 24-hour Call Center are available every day at1-800-318-2596. Call Center representatives can answer questions and help people enroll in coverage over the phone.

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