Encouraging Americans to Get Covered One Week Out from ACA Enrollment Deadline

January 10, 2022
Claire Murchison

Health Care Voices Founder Laura Packard Encourages Americans to Get Covered One Week Out from ACA Enrollment Deadline 

January 15 is the last day to enroll in Affordable Care Act coverage for 2022

DENVER — Americans have less than a week left to enroll in Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2022 coverage. The enrollment period, which ends Saturday, January 15, provides Americans the opportunity to reassess their current plans or sign up for health insurance for the very first time through the marketplace at healthcare.gov.

Thus far, 13.6 million Americans have enrolled in plans through the open enrollment period which began on November 1. Thanks to assistance from the American Rescue Plan, care is more affordable than ever and, as Americans continue to fight COVID-19 and recover from the greatest health insurance losses in U.S. history, now is a critical time to get covered.

As the January 15th deadline approaches, Health Care Voices Founder Laura Packard offers five key points for the end of this special enrollment period:

  1. A historic high of more than 13.6 million people have already enrolled in health insurance coverage for 2022, a rise analysts attribute to the American Rescue Plan which increased and expanded subsidies temporarily for 2021 and 2022 for low- and middle-income Americans to purchase health coverage on the ACA through the federal healthcare.gov marketplace and state-based marketplaces.
  2. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the greatest health insurance losses in American history. The open enrollment period for healthcare.gov started on November 1, but you must enroll by January 15 for coverage this year. Sign up now before the enrollment period ends!
  3. Free help is available to figure out the best options for your family and your situation. If you have questions about signing up, or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a click away. Call 1–800–318–2596, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov, or make a one-on-one appointment to ensure that you enroll in ACA-compliant coverage. Also be sure to watch Care Talk on Mondays at 4pm ET to get your health insurance questions answered by experts: https://www.act.tv/caretalk
  4. Millions of Americans who previously had job-based health insurance but lost it during the pandemic, or who never had insurance, may not realize that they are eligible for coverage with financial help. Nearly half of all uninsured adults have neither looked for information about Marketplace coverage nor tried to obtain Medicaid/CHIP coverage yet.
  5. Don’t just auto-enroll – shop again for the best deals. Go to healthcare.gov to find out what the best plan is for your family in 2022. If you have already been auto-enrolled for 2022, you have until January 15 to change plans for February and the rest of the year.

“Five years ago, I walked into a doctor’s office with a nagging cough. I walked out with a stage-4 cancer diagnosis,” said Health Care Voices Founder Laura Packard. “I’m still here because of the care I received under the Affordable Care Act. The ACA saved my life and it could save yours too.”

“It’s great to see that a record 13.6 million Americans have already taken advantage of coverage afforded under the ACA. Thanks to health care provisions included in the American Rescue Plan, more people than ever before are now eligible for affordable insurance. Go to HealthCare.gov to enroll today!”

Laura Packard is the founder of Health Care Voices, executive director of Health Care Voter, and a stage-4 cancer survivor. The Affordable Care Act saved her life. She is a co-host of Care Talk, a call-in health care show on act.tv to answer America’s health insurance questions about the ACA, Medicare and Medicaid (airing Mondays at 4pm ET). If you’d like to connect with Laura to discuss why and how Americans should take advantage of Open Enrollment to get covered with affordable health insurance, please reach out to claire@firesidecampaigns.com.