Health Insurance Marketplaces Reopening in PA, NJ
Pennsylvania will reopen its health insurance marketplace, known as Pennie, for a special enrollment period, from Feb. 15 to May 15, to allow people affected by the pandemic to select a new plan. New Jersey will also reopen its marketplace. The moves are in line with President Biden’s order to reopen the federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, for three months as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman says, “Becoming a state-based marketplace also allows us the flexibility to provide more time for individuals to receive coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope any Pennsylvanian without health insurance will seek coverage to protect themselves and their families from the cost of COVID-19.”
Nearly 338,000 Pennsylvania residents signed up for coverage during Pennie’s regular enrollment period. Of those, 75,000 were new customers, a 9.7% increase compared with last year. New Jersey’s marketplace, Get Covered NJ, will also remain open through May 15.