Special Open Enrollment for health insurance announced

April 4, 2022

Special Open Enrollment for health insurance announced

MOBILE, Ala. — Thanks to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) savings, the White House recently announced a new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) opportunity for low-income consumers at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is approximately $19,000 for an individual and $40,000 for a family of four.

This SEP will be available to consumers who have applied for Marketplace coverage since Open Enrollment ended and who didn’t have access to another SEP from a recent life event, such as a loss of coverage, and will enable eligible consumers to enroll in a Marketplace plan.

According to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, “No parent should have to choose between putting food on the table or securing life-saving care for the family. The Biden-Harris Administration has been laser-focused on making health care more accessible and affordable than ever before. We know this has been a tough time for a lot of people and want to make sure the door is always open for them to sign up for coverage. We will continue to ensure health care is within reach for all those who need it.”

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.