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More Than 500,000 Americans Have Enrolled in Marketplace Coverage during Special Enrollment Period

This week, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced that more than half a million consumers have already signed up for health insurance through as a result of the Biden Administration’s Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

  • 12 April 2021
  • Author: Amanda Tekely
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Georgetown University Health Policy Initiative Highlights PA’s Marketplace

The Center on Health Insurance Reforms through Georgetown University Health Policy Institute published a report on Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s Inaugural Enrollment Period as a state-based marketplace. 


New Guidance to Pennie Enrollment Assisters

Pennie’s Board of Directors approved a COBRA Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for those who are eligible for the COBRA subsidy under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and will receive 100% subsidy for their COBRA premium from April 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2021. The SEP will be available after the COBRA subsidy comes to an end. 

  • When the ARPA COBRA subsidy for a qualified individual runs out on Sept. 30, 2021, they can contact Pennie and open a COBRA special enrollment period (SEP) with a cost-sharing reduction (CSR), providing them with 60 days to secure coverage. The customer can begin reviewing plans Aug. 2nd in accordance with the SEP.
  • Under the COBRA SEP, a customer will qualify for the maximum advance premium tax credit (APTC) as provided under ARPA for those claiming unemployment for at least one week, regardless of whether they collect unemployment compensation benefit payments.. The exception - a person who has been discharged from their employer and ineligible for unemployment.
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    • 5 April 2021
    • Author: Amanda Tekely
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