Open enrollment began November 1st and ends January 31st to obtain coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace—part of the Affordable Care Act. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild spoke at a Pima County Enrollment Coalition press conference this morning on the importance of signing up for health insurance.
Information is available at Healthcare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov, or by calling the hotline at 1-800-318-2596. Navigators are available to help, in many different languages. Or, visit CoverAZ.org to find local navigators.
Those who got coverage through the Marketplace last year can renew or change plans this year. Not everyone who enrolled in the Marketplace last year will be automatically re-enrolled this year, so it’s important to take action by December 15 to stay covered January 1. It’s also important to update expected income and household info, because that’s the only way to make sure tax credit and other savings are accurate.
Noting that plan features and prices change from year to year, Mayor Rothschild encouraged Tucsonans to shop the Marketplace and find the plan that works best for them. He also encouraged business owners with 50 or fewer employees to shop the Marketplace.
Mayor Rothschild thanked the partner agencies in the Pima County Enrollment Coalition and the work they’ve done to bring health insurance to thousands of Tucsonans who didn’t have it before. As a result, Pima County’s uninsured rate has gone from 17 percent before the Marketplace—almost one in five—to one in ten, a huge improvement!