(PR) -- More people have signed up for health coverage at HealthCare.gov this year than ever before – nearly 3.6 million nationally.
In Alabama, 73,294 have signed up for coverage – a 15 percent increase from a similar point last year.
“Such a strong start to open enrollment shows just how much people want health insurance and that they’re finding coverage they can afford when they visit HealthCare.gov,” said Lori Lodes, co-founder of Get America Covered. “But there’s not much time left to sign up for coverage. We need to do everything we can to make sure people know that the last chance for people to enroll for health coverage with financial help at HealthCare.gov is December 15.”
Facts about Open Enrollment in Alabama:
1. Since Open Enrollment started November 1, 73,294 Alabamians have selected a plan through HealthCare.gov, with total sign-ups in Alabama up by 15% from last year.
2. Because of financial help, plans for 2018 are more affordable than ever before. 9 out of 10 people in Alabama who enrolled can find plans for $75 or less a month in premiums after tax credits.
3. Free confidential enrollment help is available if people in Alabama have questions or want to talk through their options with a trained professional.
o Visit LocalHelp@HealthCare.gov to find in-person help in your community.
o Reach out 24 hours a day to the HealthCare.gov call center at 1-800-318-2596. Trained experts can answer your questions and help you enroll.
About Open Enrollment at HealthCare.gov:
Open Enrollment for 2018 health coverage at HealthCare.gov ends December 15, 2017. If someone needs coverage for 2018, December 15 is their last chance to get covered or risk paying a $695 penalty or more for not having health insurance. Plans and prices change every year, so people should visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov to learn about their plan options and how much financial help is available to lower their monthly premiums.