Cicilline, Reed, Raimondo Urge Rhode Islanders to Sign Up For Health Care

Monday, December 18, 2017

PAWTUCKET – Days before House and Senate Republicans vote on a tax bill that would eliminate a central provision of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline, U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Governor Gina Raimondo joined HealthSource RI Director Zach Sherman at the HealthSource RI Walk-in Center in East Providence to raise awareness of upcoming enrollment deadlines and speak about the importance of protecting health care access for tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders.

With 29,000 Rhode Islanders already enrolled in health care through HealthSource RI for next year, Cicilline, Reed and Raimondo urged anyone who still needs coverage to sign up as soon as possible. New and returning customers should visit HealthSourceRI.com to shop for the plan that works best for them.

·         December 23rd is the deadline for enrollees to be guaranteed coverage that begins on January 1st.

·         December 31st is the last day to purchase health insurance for 2018 through HealthSource RI.

Even as enrollments in Rhode Island and across the country outpace previous years, Congressional Republicans have included the end of the individual mandate for health care in the latest version of their tax plan. If the tax plan becomes law with this provision, 13 million Americans, including at least 12,000 Rhode Islanders, will be covered by 2025, and premiums will spike by more than 50 percent over the next three years, according to an analysis from HealthSource RI.

In Rhode Island, enrollment is expected to drop from over 42,000 total this year to 30,000 in 2021, and the average annual premium for enrollees will rise from $418 in 2018 to $636 in 2021.

“Rhode Islanders deserve the opportunity to purchase health insurance that is affordable and provides them and their families access to high-quality care,” said Cicilline. “I urge everyone who still needs to purchase health insurance for 2018 to visit HealthSourceRI.com and shop for the plan that works best for their families. The Affordable Care Act has helped tens of thousands of Rhode islanders and millions of Americans get the health care they need. I am committed to fighting this disastrous tax scam, which would undermine all the progress we’ve made just for the sake of giving corporate special interests and the wealthiest individuals a $1.5 trillion tax cut.”

“While the federal administration and Republican lawmakers try to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, we’re not going to let our progress erode,” Governor Gina M. Raimondo said. “The ACA is working in Rhode Island—96 percent of Rhode Islanders are insured, and we are ranked third-highest in the nation for children’s health insurance coverage. If you are still in need of coverage for 2018, take advantage of HealthSource RI’s open enrollment today.”

“It is HealthSource RI’s job to stand in-front of our customers and up to the federal administration to protect and maintain Rhode Islanders’ access to affordable health coverage,” said Sherman. “It is also our job to help Rhode Islanders cut through the confusion to choose the best health insurance plan possible. We encourage everyone to actively compare their options and enroll in coverage by the end of the year.”

Rhode Islanders seeking to enroll or find more information on Open Enrollment can visit HealthSourceRI.com. Individual assistance is also available from HealthSource RI experts by calling 1-855-840-4774 or visiting the Walk-in Center located at 401 Wampanoag Trail, E. Providence, RI 02915.

 

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