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Wyomingites can sign up for health coverage at lower cost due to American Rescue Plan

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CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming residents are able to sign up for health coverage at HealthCare.gov and get enrolled in health plans at lower costs through August 15 due to provisions under the American Rescue Plan.

“Since the Biden-Harris Administration opened the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) on February 15, 5,010 Wyomingites have enrolled at HealthCare.gov, which is 2,918 more people than the number of individuals who signed up during the same period in 2020,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said. “Additionally, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is also announcing that Wyomingites are saving an average of $75 per month since the American Rescue Plan implementation on HealthCare.gov.”

“Since the implementation on HealthCare.gov of the enhanced tax credits available under the American Rescue Plan on April 1, 43% of new and returning consumers in Wyoming have newly found coverage for $10 or less per month after advance payments of premium tax credit. President Biden has proposed to extend these tax credits and cost savings as part of his Build Back Better Agenda.”

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About 67,900 Wyoming residents are eligible for health care plan savings under the American Rescue Plan.

“With fewer than 30 days left of the Special Enrollment, we urge everyone in need of coverage in Wyoming to visit HealthCare.gov by August 15; having insurance can be lifesaving,” United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in Wednesday’s press release.

Zero-premium or low-premium health insurance options are available through August 15.

“Consumers who received or who are approved to receive unemployment compensation for any week in 2021 may be able to find even lower cost plans and save extra money on out-of-pocket expenses through HealthCare.gov,” the release states.

People can apply and enroll:

  • Using HealthCare.gov.
  • By calling the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, which provides assistance in over 200 languages. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
  • Find local help through an agent/broker or assister at Healthcare.gov/find-assistance/.

“Our message to Wyomingites is clear — don’t wait, go to HealthCare.gov before August 15 to find a plan that is affordable and can give you peace of mind. People who sign up today can get coverage starting August 1,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “We’re working with assisters and community partners to get the word out and answer your questions. Go to HealthCare.gov to sign up to get covered or call us 24/7 at 1-800-318-2596 if you need more help.”