(Madison, WI – Insurance News and Markets) The Wisconsin Office of the Commisioner of Insurance is holding town hall meetings across the state to provide residents with information about the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act and “auto re-enrollment.”
“Wisconsin is anticipating 37,160 residents to lose individual health insurance coverage in 2017 due to insurers exiting the exchange, also known as the Federally Facilitated Market Place (FFM), or scaling back on previously serviced counties,” said Commissioner Ted Nickel. “These consumers will unfortunately endure the harms of ‘auto re-enrollment’ unless they understand their options moving forward. To alleviate confusion, we will be traveling the state to provide information on the 2017 open enrollment and strongly encourage consumers who will be affected by ‘auto re-enrollment’ to opt-out and shop for health care coverage either on or off the exchange.”
Open enrollment in the ACA runs until January 31, 2017. Consumers seeking individual coverage should sign up before January 31 or risk being locked out of the individual insurance market until 2018. Of course, consumers facing a loss of their group coverage or other special situations may be eligible for special enrollment periods.
Auto re-enrollment applies to those who purchased health insurance on the federal marketplace. It will occur when the consumer’s health insurer exits the marketplace, if no coverage is purchased through the exchange. There is a way to prevent automatic re-enrollment. Log into yourHealthcare.gov account before Dec. 15 and select your 2016 application. There is a box on the bottom of the “My Coverage” page of the 2016 application that shows how to prevent automatic re-enrollment. You can also find information here: https://www.healthcare.gov/keep-or-change-plan/automatically-enrolled/.
OCT Staff will be available to provide information highlighting the most important issues people should be aware of. Town hall meetings will take place in Tomahawk, at the Tomahawk Public Library on Nov. 9, at 5 p.m., and in Wausau, at Wasau North Central Technical College on Nov. 11 at 12 p.m.
Source: Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.