Delawareans Encouraged to Enroll in ACA Health Insurance Marketplace by Dec. 15 Deadline
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — With the Dec. 15th deadline quickly approaching, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) teamed up with Westside Family Healthcare today to remind Delawareans and all Americans in need of health insurance to find a plan that fits their needs and budget through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace.
Hosted by the Rehoboth Art League, the event highlighted artists who, along with other entrepreneurs, often need to find their own health insurance. Carper highlighted that, in Delaware, the average premiums have decreased by 19 percent for insurance beginning in 2020, making the marketplace a more affordable choice for folks who need health insurance.
“This is great news for Delawareans who get their health insurance on the ACA marketplace,” said Senator Carper. “The ACA is still the law of the land and, in Delaware, it’s working to provide more affordable health insurance and increase access to health care. I encourage everyone in need of health insurance: don’t delay a day more! Go to healthcare.gov right now before time runs out.”
Federal tax credits are available for those whose household income is between 138 percent and 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For 2020, that’s between $17,236 and $49,960 for an individual, or between $35,535 and $103,000 for a family of four. For coverage in 2019, about 85 percent of enrollees in Delaware were eligible for tax credits, which help reduce the cost of the monthly premium.
Delawareans who need help enrolling in coverage will have access to free in-person assistance from federally funded and trained specialists at Westside Family Healthcare.
“As a community health center, Westside Family Healthcare continues to play a critical role in ensuring our most vulnerable populations have access to affordable health coverage,” said Lolita Lopez, president & CEO of Westside Family Healthcare. “Our enrollment specialists are here to help Delawareans enroll before the December 15th deadline. I encourage Delawareans to schedule an appointment by calling (302) 472-8655 or visiting one of our walk-in sessions which can be found at www.westsidehealthcare.org/choosehealth.”
State-licensed insurance agents and brokers are also available to help individuals re-enroll and to help employers update their coverage, at no extra charge. For more information, go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com. Consumers can enroll in marketplace coverage at www.HealthCare.gov or by calling 1 (800) 318-2596 (TTY: 1 855 889-4325).