There are more options than ever when it comes to choosing health insurance. These options include purchasing private insurance individually or through and employer, purchasing on the Health Insurance Marketplace, participating in Medicaid (HealthChoices) or Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or in Medicare for those over 65.
Eligibility for specific health insurance options depends on factors such as age, income, employment and health status. St. Mary provides enrollment assistance at three Bucks County locations to help consumers understand their options and sign up for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and CHIP.
- November 1, 2015: Open enrollment starts for 2016 December 15, 2015:
if you want to change plans, act by December 15 for new coverage to begin January 1, 2016
- December 31, 2015: Coverage ends for 2015 Marketplace plans
- January 1, 2016: Coverage can begin for 2016 Marketplace plans
- January 31, 2016: Open Enrollment ends
For more information about the different types of health insurance, choose one of the links below:
The Marketplace (www.healthcare.gov) is for qualified individuals and families who do not have health insurance coverage. Many people qualify for subsidies. Enrollment runs to February 15. To make an appointment for enrollment assistance, call 215-710-5888.
Medicaid (HealthChoices) in Pennsylvania or CHIP
Medicaid and CHIP are government insurance programs for people whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for health care. Enrollment runs throughout the year. Call 215-710-5888 to make an appointment for enrollment assistance at one of St. Mary’s three outreach centers in Bensalem, Langhorne or Levittown.
Many employers provide options for health insurance through private carriers. It can also be purchased by individuals directly through insurance companies or through brokers. For more information download our Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Plan, contact a broker, insurance company or your human resources department.
If you are age 65 or older you are eligible for Medicare. For more information, visit http://www.medicare.gov. APPRISE, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, sponsored locally by the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, offers a free health insurance program designed to objectively help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare enrollment. For more information or to make an appointment with APPRISE, call 215-348-0510.