One week left to enroll as Affordable Care Act provides new coverage, new savings for thousands more NH residents in 2018
CONCORD – As we enter the final days of 2017 more than 19,000 New Hampshire residents are resolving to live a healthier lifestyle in the New Year by making an investment that will impact their health and well being for years to come; they have bought their own health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. This comes on top of the many Granite Staters who have had their plans renewed, and there is still time to get covered as the deadline is until December 15, 2017.
So far 19,000+ New Hampshire residents have signed up this year in time for new coverage to begin on Jan. 1, 2018. For many, their new health insurance plans include the comprehensive health care they were looking for at a lower price than they had previously paid. Thousands of people have also contacted Covering New Hampshire (coveringnewhampshire.org), the official source for information and assistance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, looking for information about obtaining health coverage in the New Year. These people are learning that regular doctor visits; medications, important preventative health screenings, and other treatments are now more reasonably priced through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 3,604,440 Americans have signed up for insurance in the 39 states that use Healthcare.gov.
Open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace lasts until December 15 on HealthCare.gov. No matter if this is your first time getting covered or you are returning to shop and save, you must take action by December 15. Those who choose to go without health insurance may have to pay a penalty. There is a minimum penalty of $695 for not having health insurance. Last year, 8 in 10 people qualified for financial help — for most people, that meant they could find premiums between $50 and $100 per month.
About Covering New Hampshire
Covering New Hampshire, in partnership with Granite State Progress Education Fund and the NH Health Care Coalition, is the official, free resource for Granite Staters to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the affordable health insurance plans that are now available. Funded by the HNH Foundation and New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Covering New Hampshire aims to help people understand the new health care law and assist in connecting people with Health Insurance Marketplace. Our organization can also connect people with in-person assisters who will help them enroll and with organizations that can help them get coverage.
For more information, please see www.coveringnewhampshire.org