Thousands of New Hampshire residents last month signed up for health coverage in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, as established by the Affordable Care Act. That brings the total of Granite Staters who have enrolled in more affordable heath coverage to 21,578 since the Marketplace opened in October of 2013. New Hampshire is one of only a handful states that have met or surpassed federal sign-up targets.
New Hampshire had an estimated 150,000 uninsured residents, with 43,256 people estimated to be eligible for discounts in the Health insurance Marketplace. The state is partnering with the federal government to manage the Health Insurance Marketplace in our state.
For those who want to purchase a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace this year, there are only a few weeks left before the open enrollment period ends on March 31. Those who wish to get coverage on the Marketplace must do so before then, or wait until the next open enrollment period begins in November 2014.
New Hampshire residents who have delayed buying insurance should know there are a number of places they can find help enrolling in a plan. There are events throughout the state where certified assisters are available to answer questions and guide people through the enrollment process. These events are being held every day between now and March 31. A list of events is available on CoveringNewHampshire.org, as well as a list of in-person assisters and brokers who can help with enrollment.
There are 11 plans available to New Hampshire residents. The plans all offer the same benefits but can be tailored to fit your income. If you make less, you pay less. More information on these plans, including price estimates, can be found at CoveringNewHampshire.org, or by going to HealthCare.gov. There are also people available to answer questions through the federal Health Care Hotline at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).
Covering New Hampshire is the official, free resource for Granite Staters to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the new, affordable health insurance plans that are now available. For more information, visit www.coveringnewhampshire.org.