Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new data that shows returning consumers can save, on average, 40% off of their monthly premiums because of enhanced tax credits in the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which President Biden has proposed to extend as part of his Build Back Better Agenda. Since the implementation of the tax credits on April 1, 2021, 34% of new and returning consumers have found coverage for $10 or less per month on HealthCare.gov. A state-by-state breakdown of savings is available here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2021-marketplace-special-enrollment-period-state-state-premium-savings-returning-consumers-american
In the final two weeks remaining in the 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP), the Biden-Harris Administration encourages all Americans who need quality, affordable health care coverage to sign up at HealthCare.gov by August 15. Additionally, consumers who received, or who are approved to receive unemployment compensation for any week beginning in 2021, may be able to find even lower cost plans and save extra money on out-of-pocket expenses through HealthCare.gov due to the ARP’s enhanced tax credits.
“Health coverage is more affordable than ever for new and returning Americans at HealthCare.gov,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to get the peace of mind that health insurance offers. If you are in need of coverage or you have a friend or family member who is, please sign up today and encourage others to do the same.”
Since the start of the SEP on February 15, more than 1.5 million people have enrolled in health coverage at HealthCare.gov. Additionally, more than 2.5 million current enrollees have returned to the Marketplace to find average savings of over $40 per month on their premiums.
“Americans who need health coverage should act now. This is your opportunity to find quality, affordable health coverage that will protect you and the health of your family into the future. Please go to HealthCare.gov to enroll in a comprehensive plan that is affordable,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “Visit HealthCare.gov to sign up today or call us 24/7 at 1-800-318-2596 if you need more help.”
Current Marketplace enrollees can review their application anytime to make any needed changes to their current information, submit their application, and reselect their current plan, to ensure they maximize their savings for Marketplace coverage for the rest of 2021.
There are several ways to apply and enroll:
· Use HealthCare.gov to apply online.
· Call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, which provides assistance in over 200 languages. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
For the latest Marketplace enrollment information, visit: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2021-marketplace-special-enrollment-period-report-3.
For more information about the American Rescue Plan and the Health Insurance Marketplace®, visit: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/american-rescue-plan-and-marketplace.
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