More than 87,000 Nebraska people found reasonable health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace through the 2015-16 open enrollment period, with the huge majority receiving tax credits to make their plans more affordable.
With the next 2016-17 Open Enrollment Period is going to start from Nov. 1, Nebraskans will have several new tools to find the health insurance free, local assistance in comparing and selecting insurance plans that fit their family’s needs and budget.
Nebraskans again will be able to use the free 2-1-1 service functioned by United Way of the Midlands to be directed to local supporters who are trained to help customers find health coverage. Starting this year, Nebraskans will be able to schedule assister schedules directly by calling 2-1-1.
The 2016-17 Open Enrollment Period, which runs until Jan. 31, 2017, also marks the debut of the new online feature called the “Get Covered Connector,” which allows customers to find assisters near them and schedule appointments online to opt a health insurance plan.
“We’re very hopeful these new tools will connect more Nebraskans with the support they need and help our Nebraska state match or surpass last year’s record-breaking enrollment figure,” stated Eric Savaiano, statewide coordinator of Enroll Nebraska. “Having health insurance is to some extent every Nebraskan needs. We inspire everyone to look through their options, compare plans, and seek out the local supporter who is eager to answer their questions.”
Enroll Nebraska is a coalition of advocacy groups, health care providers, and community organizations that have united together to connect and equip supporters with the resources they need to make sure all Nebraskans can enroll in health care coverage.
This year, Enroll Nebraska has prepared a Statewide Week of Action called “Health Insurance Maze Days” from Oct. 22-28. Across the state, nearly 15 enrollment assister locations will be hosting events where Nebraskans can get help from a local assister in directing the health insurance maze and have a snack.
Enroll Nebraska is trying to surpass the excellent results of the last year’s open enrollment period. According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 87,835 private plans were purchased through the Open market during the previous enrollment period, and 88 percent of people who bought policies received premium support to make coverage more affordable with the average plan costing $105 per month after the tax credits.