For Immediate Release:
October 30, 2019
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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Chris Fleming, Get America Covered
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As HealthCare.gov Open Enrollment Begins Friday, Some Utahns Can Get Covered for $10 or Less a Month
SALT LAKE CITY – When Open Enrollment begins Friday, November 1, 2019, Utahns shopping for coverage on HealthCare.gov can purchase comprehensive coverage for $10 or less per month, according to new data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Open Enrollment period begins this Friday, November 1st, and ends on December 15th.
This past year Utahns bucked a national trend of declining enrollments through Healthcare.gov. During the open enrollment period for 2019 coverage, 194,570 people purchased individual market plans through the federally run marketplace. That was slightly higher than the 194,118 people who enrolled in 2018.
Approximately 79 percent of HealthCare.gov customers in Utah are qualified for a plan costing $10 or less a month for 2020, and about 88 percent of Utahns could purchase a plan costing $75 or less a month.
“Despite Republicans on the Federal and state level doing everything possible to sabotage the healthcare market and keep people from accessing affordable healthcare, it’s good that many Utahns are still able to afford the coverage they need,” said Utah House Minority Leader, Rep. Brian King (D-District 28). “That said, we have much work to do in removing significant out-of-pocket cost barriers to make healthcare generally affordable for everyone.”
Get America Covered, a nationwide campaign to make sure people get the facts they need to get covered and stay covered, recently found that most people are not aware of the open enrollment. They also found a significant gap between consumers’ perception of affordability versus the reality with Healthcare.gov. According to CMS, almost 9-in-10 marketplace consumers are eligible for tax credits and the vast majority can find coverage at a price that they consider to be affordable.
“As this data shows, CMS has the information, resources, and reach necessary to help educate people about just how affordable and easy it is to get covered,” said Joshua Peck, co-founder of Get America Covered. “Unfortunately, they are doing just the opposite, and our survey provides concrete new evidence of how the gap between perception and reality is undermining Open Enrollment. In the weeks ahead, we will be working to make sure that as many consumers as possible understand the affordable options available to make sure they and their families can get the comprehensive coverage they want.”
Medicaid expansion coverage is also open year-round for eligible low-income Utahns. Take Care Utah is a local nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one assistance, free of charge. Anyone with questions about Medicaid or marketplace enrollment can call 2-1-1, or visit takecareutah.org.
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