Open Enrollment for health insurance has begun

November 4, 2021

Open Enrollment for health insurance has begun

MOBILE, Ala. — The Marketplace Open Enrollment Period on https://www.healthcare.gov runs from November 1, 2021, to January 15, 2022. Consumers who enroll by midnight December 15 can get full year coverage that starts January 1.

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.

CMS has also committed to raising awareness around low-cost plans for 2022, 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.

“Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, people shopping for health insurance this year through the Marketplaces will experience the widest variety of options with the lowest prices ever,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We have also quadrupled the number of Navigators available to guide consumers through the sign-up process and extended the Open Enrollment Period. Through these continuous efforts, the Biden-Harris Administration will ensure affordable health care is in reach for everyone and provide peace of mind with coverage.”

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.

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