Congressman Tim Ryan Joins Local Leaders to Get Youngstown Covered

Nov 6, 2017 Issues: Health Care

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan today joined ‘Get Ohio Covered’ to host a press conference with State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan, and Dr. Alexis Smith of Trinity Health Systems to get Ohioans to enroll during Open Enrollment. The Open Enrollment period began November 1, and residents have until December 15 to make a decision about their health insurance plans for 2018. After Trump Administration pulled support for marketing and local outreach, it is up to local communities to help residents sign up for coverage.

 

Trained professionals are still available at 1-800-318-2596, or by visiting localhelp.healthcare.gov to make a one-on-one appointment.

 

“Starting last week, millions of Americans started using Healthcare.gov to secure quality, affordable health insurance for themselves and their families. Last year, eight in ten individuals qualified for financial assistance to help reduce the cost of their premium – allowing most to only pay between $50 and $100 on their plan each month. In the wealthiest nation on earth, access to quality and affordable care is a right that every American should be afforded. This is an important open enrollment period. The Affordable Care Act is working, and I applaud all of the local government and nonprofit leaders here in Ohio and across the country who are stepping up to make sure their fellow citizens have the resources they need to make the right decision for themselves and their families,” said Congressman Ryan.

 

Information About Open Enrollment:

 

November 1st marks the start of HealthCare.gov’s(link is external) open enrollment period for 2018 coverage.

From now until December 15, you can purchase a plan or renew your coverage through HealthCare.gov(link is external) .  Once you sign up, you will get coverage that starts on January 1, 2018.

Here are four facts you need to know about enrolling in coverage or renewing your coverage:

  • The open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov(link is external) for 2018 begins on November 1 and ends on December 15. The open enrollment period is the shortest ever – only 45 days.  Beat the rush and sign up early.
  • Coverage could be more affordable than you think.  That’s because financial help is available.  During last year’s enrollment period, 8-in-10 people qualified for financial help – for most people that meant they could find insurance premiums between $50 and $100 per month.
     
  • If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov(link is external) for 2017, make sure to head back to update your information and compare your options for 2018, by December 15.  Every year, plans and prices change.  This year, it’s more important than ever to shop around!  You may find a plan that fits you better, for cheaper.
  • Free help is available.  If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or click away.  The Call Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – call 1-800-318-2596.  Or visithttps://localhelp.healthcare.gov(link is external) where you will find organizations in your area that have trained enrollment assisters.