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ACA open enrollment begins in Delaware with more options

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Mark Arehart
Delaware Public Media

Nov. 1 marks the start of open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Standing in front of Westside Family Healthcare in Wilmington, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester said Delawareans have more choices than ever this year in the states’ insurance marketplace.

Previously, Delawareans could only choose plans from a single provider, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Now, Blunt Rochester said the addition of AmeriHealth Caritas and Aetna CVS Health means there’s 30 plans to choose from.

“We want to make sure people, number one, take a look at those choices and make sure that they fit their plans, their needs and their budget,” Blunt Rochester said.

She added lawmakers have fixed the so-called family glitch loophole by extending eligibility for ACA subsidies to family members of workers whose employer-based plans do not offer affordable family coverage.

Open enrollment closes Jan. 15.

Enrollees who want coverage starting Jan. 1 need to sign up by Dec. 15.

Those who may need help navigating the system can go to Choose Health DE website.

Mark Arehart is an award-winning reporter/producer. Before returning to Delaware, Arehart was a reporter for WKSU and Ideastream Public Media in Northeast Ohio. He previously hosted Morning Edition and covered the arts scene for Delaware Public Media. He has worked for KNKX in Seattle, Kansas Public Radio, and KYUK in Bethel, Alaska.