Governor Tom Wolf announced that today begins the open enrollment period for 2022 for health coverage through Pennie, Pennsylvania’s state-based health insurance marketplace.
“Pennie is the one-stop shop for Pennsylvania’s health care needs,” Governor Wolf said. “With Pennie, Pennsylvania residents have access to a variety of resources to help them understand how to apply for, purchase, and enroll in health coverage, including access to people who can help them right in their community. Pennie also provides financial assistance to “those who qualify, which means health care is more affordable for Pennsylvanians. Now more Pennsylvania residents can access the care they deserve, ultimately giving more people the opportunity to live healthier lives.”
Governor Wolf was joined by Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney, Pennsylvania Health Access Network CEO Antoinette Kraus, Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman and Pennie CEO Zachary W. Sherman at the Philadelphia mayor’s reception to announce the announcement.
In July 2019, Governor Wolf signed legislation that established the state-based marketplace. Pennie replaces healthcare.gov as Pennsylvania’s official destination for shopping under quality health insurance schemes and the only source of financial assistance to help with the cost of coverage and care. Currently, there are nearly 344,000 Pennie customers throughout the Commonwealth.
“Now is the time to sign up for cheap quality coverage through Pennie. As a result of the U.S. Rescue Plan’s premium savings, coverage has never been more available to so many Pennsylvania residents,” said Zachary Sherman. “Nine out of 10 Pennie customers qualify for savings, which have increased in value for low-income people, working families and near-retirees. Open Enrollment is the opportunity for Pennsylvania residents to protect their health and their budgets by getting the coverage they need to ensure access to care. We encourage the uninsured and anyone exploring their coverage options to visit pennie.com to sign up by December 15th for coverage starting New Year’s Day. “
“When open enrollment begins for 2022 plans, it’s an important time to celebrate how far we have come with access to affordable, high-quality healthcare in Pennsylvania,” said Antoinette Kraus. “Over the past year and a half, Medicaid and the ACA Marketplace have proven to be a lifeline for Pennsylvania residents by ensuring that people maintain access to health care during a public health crisis; nearly one million Pennsylvania residents are now covered by Medicaid Expansion, and over 340,000 buy their insurance through Pennie.com. “
In addition to Pennie, Governor Wolf Medicaid expanded in 2015, ensuring that more Pennsylvania residents have access to Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania. Today, more than 3,300,000 Pennsylvania residents are covered by Medical Assistance, including nearly 1 million people through enlargement. By expanding access to health care, the Commonwealth realized the lowest uninsured rate in Pennsylvania’s history under the Wolf Administration, and insurance rates are now the most stable year over year that they have ever been.
“We are all better off when affordable health care is available to all,” Governor Wolf said. “There is more we need to do to ensure equality in health in the Commonwealth, and my administration will continue to fight for true equality, but expanding access to health care through Medicaid and ensuring affordable coverage is available through Pennie are both important steps. “I encourage all Pennsylvania people who need health insurance coverage to go to www.pennie.com to explore your options. Open enrollment begins today and the Pennie team is ready to serve you.”
Individuals should visit www.pennie.com to learn more about Pennie or call Pennie Customer Service at 1-844-844-8040.