Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2019
Governor Whitmer Urges Michiganders to Get Covered During Open Enrollment Period
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement encouraging all Michiganders who would benefit to sign up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period from November 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019.
“Every Michigander deserves access to quality, affordable health care,” said Governor Whitmer. “Since the Trump administration has cut funding for the ACA enrollment promotion by nearly 90 percent, we must do everything we can to ensure that everyone knows what options are available to them to get covered. Signing up for coverage during open enrollment is simple, and there are resources available to everyone who wants help.”
To enroll, Michiganders can visit HealthCare.gov and follow the instructions on the website. Also, to enroll or get assistance, people can call the Marketplace call center 24/7 (except Thanksgiving) during Open Enrollment at 1(800) 318-2596 and talk to a trained enrollment specialist.
Depending on income, income tax credits are available for plans on the marketplace. The credits can be used to lower premiums immediately. Those consumers who chose a Silver plan may also qualify for reduced deductibles and copays.
In 2017, the Trump administration announced a $90 million cut to the advertising budget for the open enrollment period on top of additional steep cuts to grants to nonprofit groups that help people enroll. Now, leaders across the country must step up to spread the word about open enrollment to ensure everyone has a change to sign up.
Plans may be more affordable than most people think. Nearly 9 in 10 enrollees qualify for financial assistance to reduce their monthly premiums. In fact, most people signing up for coverage on HealthCare.gov can find plans with monthly premiums of $50-$100 per month thanks to financial help.
To make changes to your current plan; sign up for new coverage; or for more information, visit HealthCare.gov.