ST. GEORGE — Utahns applying for health insurance on healthcare.gov now have until 3 a.m. EST/12 a.m. PST Thursday to sign up for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2016. Free assistance is available statewide through the nonprofit enrollment network Take Care Utah, reachable online or by calling 211.
This is a two-day extension beyond Tuesday’s original deadline.
If a consumer signs up before the Dec. 17 deadline, their insurance coverage will begin or continue (if re-enrolling) Jan. 1, 2016, the earliest date possible.
As of Dec. 12, more than 80,887 Uthans had selected a plan on Utah’s insurance marketplace. Nationally, more than 4 million Americans made plan selections by the same date, with 36 percent of them being new consumers.
Sixty five percent of Utahns applying for insurance on healthcare.gov receive subsidies that reduce their monthly premium costs, and seven out of ten consumers can find a plan for $75 or less in monthly premiums after tax assistance.
The nonprofit agencies affiliated with Take Care Utah are standing by to help Utahns with their health insurance questions. All services are confidential and free of charge.
Over the last three years, Take Care Utah has helped tens of thousands of Utahns learn about their insurance options. Take Care Utah isn’t an insurance company or a brokerage. Take Care Utah is a network of nonprofits trying to help people understand their health insurance options.
Find local, free assistance online or by calling 211 from anywhere in the state. The final deadline for the current ACA Open Enrollment period will be Jan. 31, 2016.
For more information about Take Care Utah, contact Randal Serr by email or at 801-433-2299 ext. 5.