Released: Nov. 1, 2018
Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Starts Nov. 1
9 out of 10 Idahoans Save 80 Percent on Monthly Premiums With a Tax Credit
BOISE, Idaho – Starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, Idahoans can purchase health and dental insurance through Your Health Idaho for the 2019 plan year at YourHealthIdaho.org. Idaho’s health insurance exchange is the only place where individuals and families can receive a tax credit to help offset the cost of their monthly premium.
Open Enrollment is a great time of year for Idahoans to stop and take the time to review their health insurance plans and make sure their plan works for them as situations and needs change throughout the year. More than 90,000 individuals and families are enrolled in health insurance through Your Health Idaho and 9 out of 10 Idahoans save 80 percent on their monthly premiums with a tax credit.
“Your Health Idaho’s insurance marketplace offers Idahoans valuable resources and new tools such as formulary and provider search to help make it easier for families and individuals to compare and shop for health insurance plans. Many Idahoans are surprised to learn that by comparing and shopping for plans they may be able to find a more affordable solution that meets their needs and budget,” said Pat Kelly executive director of Your Health Idaho.
This year there are 293 health and dental plans available on the exchange offered by seven insurance carriers. Your Health Idaho’s mission is to help Idahoans discover more affordable health insurance through the exchange, educate them about the value of having health insurance, and help them understand their coverage, especially when they need it most. Although navigating health insurance plans may seem hard especially when trying to narrow down the right plan, families and individuals are encouraged to work with one of 900 experienced agents and brokers statewide who are available for free to help them find a plan that works best for them. A list of agents and brokers can be found on Your Health Idaho’s website under “Find Help”.
“We appreciate the efforts of our many partners including hundreds of agents and brokers, carriers, and industry partners in communities across Idaho who work hard, especially this time of year during Open Enrollment, to provide Idahoans with access and choice when it comes to
health insurance plans offered through the exchange. Still, there is more work to be done as many Idahoans may not even realize they qualify for a tax credit. For example, a family of four making between $25,000 up to $100,000 may be eligible for a tax credit that could help them lower their monthly health insurance premium,” said Kelly.
To enroll in Health Insurance for the 2019 plan year visit YourHealthIdaho.org between Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 or to talk with a consumer advocate for enrollment assistance by calling 1.855.944.3246.
Your Health Idaho was established by state law in 2013 to provide an online marketplace where Idaho families and small businesses can go to compare and purchase health insurance. Your Health Idaho is governed by a 19-member Board authorized by the Idaho Legislature to set the rules and regulations for implementing a state-based health insurance exchange.
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