Arkansans wishing to purchase health insurance have until Tuesday, January 31 to sign up on the state’s My Arkansas Insurance Individual Marketplace. Uninsured Arkansans may face federally mandated penalties on 2017 tax returns of up to $695 per person.
“Time is running out for consumers to buy health insurance before open enrollment ends on January 31,” said Cheryl Gardner, executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. “Those currently with health insurance coverage through the marketplace can also update their plans or change insurers for 2017.”
Individual and family plans are available at myARinsurance.com through January 31, 2017. After January 31, consumers can enroll or change plans only if they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period due to certain life events such as losing coverage, moving or getting married.
Plans include standard benefits such as inpatient care, outpatient services, prescription drugs, and preventative care and screenings. There are a variety of options to fit household budgets and financial assistance is available. Most importantly, there are no lifetime limits and no restrictions for pre-existing conditions.
To begin exploring appropriate plans and to enroll, go to myARinsurance.com.
Agents, brokers and other licensed experts are located in almost every community in Arkansas to provide assistance, and a hotline staffed by trained professionals is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The number is 1-844-355-3262.
The My Arkansas Insurance Individual Marketplace is a partnership with the federal enrollment system, using the Healthcare.gov platform. However, the program is managed in Arkansas.