Watch: Gov. Wolf encourages Pennsylvanians to enroll in health care before Jan. 15 deadline

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Governor Tom Wolf held a news conference Wednesday with health care professionals and state and local leaders to encourage Pennsylvanians to apply for healthcare before the enrollment deadline.

The enrollment deadline for Pennsylvania’s state-based health insurance marketplace, Pennie, is Jan. 15, 2022. Health care coverage begins February 1.

“For uninsured Pennsylvanians, January 15 is a very important deadline,” said Gov. Wolf. “January 15 is the last day to enroll in 2022 health care coverage without a qualifying event. Pennsylvanians have access to a one-stop shop for health care needs including financial assistance and help applying, shopping, and enrolling in health coverage. I urge all uninsured Pennsylvanians to visit pennie.com to access the affordable, quality health care they deserve.”

Governor Wolf was joined by Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, Pennie Executive Director Zachary Sherman, Metro Community Health Center Founder and Medical Director Dr. Kathy Homrock, Metro Community Health Center Founder Dr. David Freeman, Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, House ​Insurance Committee ​Democratic Chair Tony DeLuca, House Health Committee ​Democratic Chair Dan Frankel, and Representative Summer Lee.

In July 2019, Governor Wolf signed legislation establishing the state-based marketplace. Pennie replaces healthcare.gov as Pennsylvania’s official destination for shopping for health insurance plans and the only source of financial assistance to help with the cost of coverage and care.

Currently, there are nearly 360,000 Pennie customers throughout the commonwealth.

“We strongly recommend Pennsylvanians shop around for the best plan to fit their individual, family, and financial needs, even if they are currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through Pennie,” said Commissioner Altman. “One of our top priorities has always been to increase competition within counties, which ultimately presents more options to consumers looking for comprehensive health insurance. This year, we have more options than ever before.”

“Pennie is the bridge that connects Pennsylvanians to comprehensive, quality health coverage,” ​said Pennie Executive Director Zach Sherman.  “It is also the only place for customers to access financial assistance in the individual market, reducing the cost of coverage and care.  If you haven’t checked out the enhanced savings now available thanks to the American Rescue Plan, hurry and do so before January 15 at pennie.com or by calling 1-844-844-8040. Our multi-lingual team of certified pros will assist you every step of the way. Aplicación en español disponible.” 

Pennie.com offers easy-to-use online tools for those looking to evaluate their potential costs, saving opportunities, and plan options.

Pennie Customer Service is open from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday and Saturday from ​8:00 AM to 1​:00 PM and can be reached at 1-844-844-8040. To contact Pennie’s free support, customers can visit pennie.com/connect.

“This pandemic strained many of our institutions, and Americans faced huge stressors,” said Rep. Frankel. “But one point of consistency was our Medical Assistance program and health insurance exchange. Through it all, without much fanfare, Pennsylvanians were able to stay insured. I’m so grateful for Pennie, our state-based exchange, which has allowed us to offer quality coverage at lower costs. Pennsylvanians are all working hard to avoid getting sick right now, at a minimum, if they do, they know their care can be covered.”

“I was excited to support Act 42, which created Pennie. Pennie gives you peace of mind,” said Rep. DeLuca. “Life happens and you never know when you’ll need health insurance.”

“Pennie​’s enrollment deadline is just 10 days away. With the COVID-19 pandemic still happening, the peak of flu season just around the corner, and the ability of an emergency to strike at any time, having health care coverage in more important now than ever,” said Rep. Lee. “Pennie offer folks comprehensive, affordable heath plans that are easy to understand. If you need coverage, please sign up by January 15, 2022.”

In addition to Pennie, Governor Wolf expanded Medicaid in 2015, ensuring more Pennsylvanians have access to Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania. Today, more than 3.3 million Pennsylvanians are covered by Medical Assistance including almost 1 million people through the expansion.

“I strongly believe that access to health care is a fundamental right, but it’s also good for Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Gov. Wolf. “I will continue to ensure that quality health insurance remains accessible and affordable for all Pennsylvanians.”

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