This year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is focusing on increasing access to assistance for Marketplace consumers, ensuring robust outreach and education efforts to reach consumers about the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll in Marketplace coverage. As of December 15, more than 13.6 million people have enrolled in health insurance coverage for 2022.
CMS has also committed to raising awareness around low-cost plans, as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Increased and enhanced enrollment assistance is available through Navigator organizations that help consumers find the right health care coverage, complete their applications, and enroll in coverage.
CMS has two themes going this week to highlight Open Enrollment for anyone who needs affordable health insurance or who would like to change their Marketplace plan. The themes focus on Young Adults (ages 18 to 34) and on Young Families.
“The historic 13.6 million people who have enrolled in a health insurance plan so far this period shows that the demand and need for affordable health care remains high,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, more people today have affordable coverage—and we aren’t finished yet: people still have time to sign-up and get covered before the January 15th deadline.”
The Mobile County Health Department and Family Health, its primary care division, have Certified Application Counselors ready to assist. The counselors have been trained and are able to help consumers as they look for health coverage options through the Health Insurance Exchange. They can assist consumers in completing eligibility and enrollment forms. Assistance by the Certified Application Counselors is free to consumers.
Certified Application Counselors can be found at all Family Health centers conveniently located throughout Mobile County. To make an appointment, please call the Family Health center located closest to you. For a list of sites, you may visit https://mchd.org/family-health/#locations or call 251-690-8964.