Open enrollment has experienced some changes this year. Some of the changes include:
- The open enrollment period is November 1 to December 15 (in the past, open enrollment ended January 31).
- Funding for open enrollment and consumer help has been reduced.
- Healthcare.gov will be down from midnight – noon on most Sundays for maintenance during the open enrollment period.
There is a concern that the shorter enrollment period and the reduced funding for open enrollment will decrease the number of people signing up for health insurance. This year we recorded the lowest number of uninsured ever in Pennsylvania at 5.6%. To help ease some of the concerns, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department partnered with insurance plans, healthcare providers, consumer advocates and others to develop common messaging and coordinated plans to help people enroll.
To view the Insurance Department’s Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Resources, click here.