Dec. 15 deadline for health plan enrollment fast approaching

MADISON – Wisconsin residents are reminded that next Thursday (Dec. 15) is the deadline to enroll in a health plan available in the state marketplace for coverage beginning in January 2023. Those who already have insurance through the state marketplace can also renew, update, or upgrade their health plans during this open enrollment period.

“I encourage Wisconsinites to take the time today to find health care that works for them and their budget,” said Design of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-Designate Karen Timberlake in a statement. “Having health insurance ensures that you and your loved ones have access to essential services, can help you stay healthy with coverage, and provide peace of mind in the event of a major health risk.”

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The state-sponsored website WisCovered.com is a consumer resource for better understanding Wisconsin health care options. By visiting the site or calling 211, Wisconsinites can connect with licensed and trained professionals to navigate the marketplace with a health plan that fits their needs. The free service, available in English, Spanish, and Hmong, also helps people decide if they qualify for health insurance premiums subsidized through the marketplace or cheaper coverage through BadgerCare Plus.

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Many health plans and insurance company options

Wisconsinites in 70 states can choose from at least three different health insurance carriers on HealthCare.gov. Four insurance companies are expanding their service areas, giving Wisconsinites more options in more states. Wisconsinites can see those options on an interactive map of health insurers available in the state.

Although Dis. 15 is the deadline for consumers to sign up for coverage on the first date of Jan. 1, 2023, the Healthcare.gov open enrollment period runs through Jan. 15, 2023. Find more information about how to get affordable health insurance during open enrollment on the DHS website.

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