FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Susan Noon, MBA, APR
(603) 228-2830 x 144
NH Health Insurance Marketplace Open Nov. 1 – Dec. 15
Community Health Centers are ready to help residents enroll
October 27, 2017 — BOW, NH – The six week enrollment period to apply for health insurance on the NH Health Insurance Marketplace is from November 1 to December 15, 2017. Coverage under the new health plans begin January 1, 2018, and are available from Ambetter, Anthem Health Plans of NH, and Harvard Pilgrim of NE. All plans include the 10 essential benefits, including coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Free assistance is available through Bi-State Primary Care Association and its statewide network of Community Health Centers. Navigators and certified counselors are ready to help Granite Staters compare health plan costs and benefits to find one that fits their needs and budget. During the enrollment process, financial subsidies are automatically calculated. Affordability programs continue to be available for 2018. Last year, more than 80 percent of New Hampshire residents qualified for financial assistance. Premium assistance and tax credits are only available through the Marketplace.
Those who miss the Dec. 15 deadline will have to wait until 2019 to start health coverage. Those who qualify for Medicaid or have special circumstances that significantly impact their income, can enroll at any time throughout the year. Those who choose to remain uninsured in 2018 risk incurring a financial penalty.
Bi-State encourages anyone with questions about their coverage options or who are currently uninsured to contact a Community Health Center for enrollment assistance. For more information and to find a nearby health center, visit www.findahealthcenter.org or call (603) 228-2830 x 160.
For the fifth consecutive year, Bi-State Primary Care Association was selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as a Navigator organization for the State of New Hampshire. Bi-State and its Safety Net Collaborative of Community Health Centers met 100 percent of its enrollment goal last year. Funding for outreach and enrollment program activities comes from user fees paid by issuers who are participating in the federally-facilitated exchange.