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Health officials urge uninsured to sign up for coverage now

Delaware ACA website

The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan this year under the Affordable Care Act is looming.

This Saturday, Jan. 15, is the last day to sign up for coverage through Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay says insurance is critical in this ongoing pandemic. And she notes, due to recent federal changes, Delawareans can now save more money by enrolling.

"Already 30,000 Delawareans have been enrolled for coverage, and more than 80% are eligible for financial assistance to reduce their monthly premium," she said.  The enhanced federal subsidies by the Biden Administration have helped to reduce consumer costs by as much as 40%."

The enhanced subsidies were part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Nationwide, a record 13.8 million people have signed up for coverage under the ACA.

State residents can sign up for coverage at Healthcare.gov.

Those who miss the Saturday deadline may still apply for coverage later if they have had certain qualifying events.

Rattay encourages those who need help enrolling to seek assistance.

According to the Division of Public Health, free assistance in Delaware is available through:

  • Westside Family Healthcare at 302-472-8655 in New Castle County and 302-678-2205 in Kent and Sussex counties or enrollment@westsidehealth.org.
  • Quality Insights, Inc., (New Castle and Sussex counties) at 1-844-238-1189. Westside and Quality Insights each received federal funding for navigators to help people enroll for coverage.
  • Certified application counselors at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center in Wilmington and La Red Health Center in Georgetown.
  • State-licensed insurance agents and brokers are also available at no charge.
  • For additional contact information and other details about Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace, go to www.ChooseHealthDE.com.