Thousands of West Virginians Sign Up for Healthcare During Open Enrollment

Dec 1, 2016

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Almost 8,000 West Virginians signed up for healthcare during the first month of Open Enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act this year.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that over 2.1 million Americans selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform since Open Enrollment began on November 1. That includes more than 7,800 West Virginians - both new consumers and consumers who were renewing their healthcare plans.

63 percent of West Virginia Marketplace enrollees can find plans with a premium for less than $75 per month and can save an average of $728 annually in premiums for a plan in the same level of coverage by returning to shop on Healthcare.gov. That's according to a news release from the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Open enrollment for January coverage ends on December 15.

Appalachia Health News is a project of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, with support from the Benedum Foundation.