Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline Extended to December 19

LITTLE ROCK, AR (December 16, 2016) – Uninsured Arkansans now have until Monday, December 19 to enroll in the state’s My Arkansas Insurance Individual Marketplace for health insurance coverage beginning January 1, 2017. The four-day extension was granted today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Individual health insurance plans are available at and are designed to meet the needs of Arkansas families and to provide a variety of options to fit household budgets.

“Arkansans now have an opportunity to complete their health insurance enrollment for coverage beginning in the new year,” said Cheryl Gardner, executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. “The place to start is”

Standard health care benefits include inpatient care, outpatient services, and prescription drugs. The plans also emphasize the importance of preventative care and screenings, most of which do not require a co-payment. Most importantly, there are no lifetime limits and no restrictions for pre-existing conditions. And, financial help is available to help pay for the cost of insurance.

Help in navigating the process and selecting appropriate health insurance options can be obtained through agents, brokers and other licensed experts who are located in almost every community in Arkansas. Additionally, a hotline is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is staffed by trained professionals. The number is 1-844-355-3262.

The My Arkansas Insurance Individual Marketplace is a partnership with the federal enrollment system, using the platform. However, the program is managed in Arkansas. The final enrollment deadline for 2017 coverage is January 31, 2017.