WisBusiness: Lower rates, more options for Wisconsin residents enrolling in Healthcare.gov plans

WisBusiness: Lower rates, more options for Wisconsin residents enrolling in Healthcare.gov plans

State officials say residents will see lower health insurance rates and more options during this year’s open enrollment period for Healthcare.gov plans.

Open enrollment begins today and runs through Jan. 15, though some people may qualify for a special enrollment period due to changes in residence, loss of health care coverage or other factors.

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance says residents in every county in the state will have more than one health plan option through the marketplace, and most counties are covered by at least three different insurers. An OCI release shows five companies have expanded their service areas to provide more plan options.

The agency also says individual market plans will see a weighted average rate decrease of 0.3 percent.

Wisconsin has an online portal that provides multilingual services to help people select health insurance plans, connecting them to United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline and the navigator network Covered Wisconsin. OCI also provides a map of health insurers available by county.

See the online assistance portal: https://wiscovered.com/

See the map here: https://oci.wi.gov/Pages/Consumers/FindHealthInsurer.aspx