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Feb. 1, 2019 Outreach and Enrollment News

Author: Amanda Tekely/Friday, February 01, 2019/Categories: Outreach News

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Uninsured Rates Rise Drastically

As anticipated, the uninsured rate has increased sharply in 2018. The rate has increased to 13.7%, up from 10.9% at the end of 2016. Reports indicate as many as 7 million adults have lost or dropped coverage since 2016. See this article from Gallup.


HealthChoices Meeting Schedule Announced

The 2019 HealthChoices Advisory Committee meeting schedule for 2019 has been announced. HealthChoices is the mandatory managed care program for Medical Assistance recipients. Each HealthChoices zone will host the 2-hour meeting from 10:00am - 12:00 pm. These meetings are open to the public to observe and share feedback. In previous years, the format consisted of presentations and has now changed to a more committee meeting structure. The topic for April's meeting is Housing, and the Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP). Attendees must register in advance and lunch will be provided. The link to register for the April meeting is forthcoming.

APRIL 2019





Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Lehigh Capital

Giant Community Room

2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA  17110

Thursday, April 4, 2019    


Albright Memorial Library

500 Vine Street, Scranton PA  18509

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


First Presbyterian Church

250 W. Seventh Street, Erie PA  16501

Thursday, April 11, 2019


WCSI Conference Center

770 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA  15601

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


University Lutheran Church

3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA  19104


Grace Periods and Termination Due to Non-Payment

A grace period is a short extension of time that a consumer's health insurance issuer may be required to add to his or her monthly health insurance payment due date. If a consumer has not made his or her monthly premium payment, the past due premium must be paid before the end of the grace period for the consumer to maintain coverage. For Marketplace plans, the health insurance grace period is three consecutive months if both of the following are true:

  • The consumer has a Marketplace plan, qualifies for advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC) and is using the APTC to lower his or her premium; and
  • The consumer has already paid the policy's first month's premium (called a "binder payment").

For more information on grace periods and termination please see this Grace Period FAQ or visit


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