Independence Blue Cross urges consumers to look at their plan options before the deadline
For individual consumers in Pennsylvania who have not yet signed up for health insurance, there is some good news. The Open Enrollment deadline in Pennsylvania has been extended because of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance on Monday, January 15.
The new deadline to enroll for 2024 individual health insurance is Friday, January 19, 2024, for health insurance beginning on February 1, 2024.
“Extending the deadline to apply for health coverage in 2024 is a great thing for our neighbors in Pennsylvania. Choosing a health plan is an important decision. It is essential that everyone in our community has the opportunity to enroll,” said Erin Thurston, director of member marketing at Independence Blue Cross.
Affordability and Tax Credit Availability
Independence Blue Cross (IBX) provides a wide range of health plans offering comprehensive health care coverage and the region’s strongest network for quality health care. Pennsylvanians who do not have health care coverage through an employer or government program may qualify for premium tax credits to lower their monthly premiums for 2024.
For those who have not applied in the past, IBX recommends consumers look to see if they are eligible for tax credits. IBX’s website includes a subsidy calculator to help consumers determine if they qualify for financial assistance to lower their monthly health plan premiums. Pennie, the state-based health insurance exchange, will make the final determination of tax credit or premium subsidy eligibility.
How to Sign Up for Health Care Coverage
On the telephone
IBX licensed agents are available by telephone at 1-888-475-6206 (TTY: 711) to answer questions and help consumers enroll in health care coverage from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except major holidays.
Consumers can visit ibx.com/coverage to find the health insurance that is right for them and enroll in a health plan directly with IBX. The state-based exchange, pennie.com, is the only place consumers can enroll in health plans with financial assistance, and Pennie will make the final determination for tax credit or premium subsidy eligibility.
Consumers can visit Independence LIVE on the second floor of 1919 Market Street in Philadelphia to meet with a licensed agent and enroll in a 2024 health plan, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except major holidays.
For Spanish-speaking consumers, IBX has licensed, Spanish-speaking sales agents available by phone at 1-844-315-4884. There is also an easy-to-use Spanish-language website at ibx.com/mas.