Author: Amanda Tekely/Tuesday, June 8, 2021/Categories: Outreach News
Pennie by the Numbers
Since April 16, more than 47,000 new and existing customers have accessed savings through Pennie due to the Phase 1 Pennie American Rescue Plan rollout. A quarter of enrollees have a $0 net premium, 33 percent are paying less than $10 a month compared to just 12 percent prior to the American Rescue Plan and 45 percent are now paying less than $50/month while just 20 percent were previously. During Phase 2, which is expected to roll out late June/early July, all consumers who have not actively updated their current Pennie applications will be redetermined for additional savings.
What You Need to Know about Immigration Documents
Immigration documents and status can be very confusing for consumers and enrollment assisters. Join us on Wednesday, June 16, at 10:00 for an in-depth review of immigrant documentation, a highlight of common barriers immigrant communities are facing when trying to access health insurance and how to assist immigrants with navigating the U.S. healthcare system. Click here to join.
Health Insurance Offers Steep Savings Due to COVID-19 Relief
The American Rescue Plan Act, the latest effort out of Washington to lift the economy out of the COVID-19 doldrums, boosted subsidies, making it cheaper for more people to buy plans on Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces. Read more.
Pennie Workgroup and Lunch and Learn
The Pennie Outreach and Education Workgroup will be moving to every other month with meetings lasting only 30 minutes. The meeting will remain the first Wednesday of each month starting at 2:00 pm. The next meeting will be August 4, 2021. To join, provide your contact information here. The Pennie Assister Lunch and Learn sessions will take place every other Wednesday from 12:30 – 1:00 pm to review important topics for enrollment assisters. To receive an invitation, contact Scott Yeager, Pennie Outreach Manager.
Assister and Health Center Enrollment Numbers
Pennie account managers can find the latest enrollment numbers by health center and assister on the PACHC Outreach and Enrollment Slack page. During the reporting period of May 1 – May 23, more than 198 applications were completed by Pennie assisters for Medicaid and CHIP directly through COMPASS, the Pennsylvania Medicaid system. On average, assisters spent between 31 and 60 minutes helping customers, with a handful of assisters nearing the 90-minute mark. There have also been 279 appointment requests directly from Pennie. Even with one week to go in May for the reporting period, there has been an approximately 168 percent increase in appointment requests compared to April.
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