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Extended Open Enrollment Period

Feb 12, 2021
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More Time for Marketplace Enrollment!

Health Options is ready to respond to President Biden’s new executive order reopening the Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance marketplaces from February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021.

This reopening is a significant move that will triple the access time for people to sign up for health insurance in 2021, which is more vital than ever, given the country’s historically high unemployment rate and the amount of healthcare needs brought on by COVID-19.

According to Kaiser Family Foundation, Maine has 63,500 uninsured people who are Marketplace eligible, and 45 percent (29,000) are eligible to receive partial subsidies, bringing health insurance within reach for many who do not have it.[1]

“Health Options wants to reach these Maine people who are uninsured, including the many who are eligible for subsidies and tax credits that will make high quality health insurance attainable,” said Kevin Lewis, president and CEO of Health Options. “The health insurance landscape can be daunting, but our excellent service, dedication to improved health outcomes, and longevity in the Marketplace combine to provide Maine consumers the guidance they need. Health Options is, after all, the Maine-based nonprofit insurer driven by the simple belief that all Mainers must have access to affordable, high-quality health coverage.”

Questions? Keep checking healthoptions.org for more details. If you have family members or friends who need health insurance, please refer them to our Member Services at (855) 624-6463, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

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All voting should be this easy! If you are a Health Options Member 18 years of age or older you can cast your ballot online for the Board Director candidates of your choice. Voters will elect – or in some cases, re-elect – five of the eight candidates running for open seats. The successful candidates will serve a three-year term beginning January 2021.

Election Services Corporation (“ESC”), an independent third party, is conducting the election and has communicated with all eligible voters. ESC established a website for online voting but will also accept hard copy ballots sent by postal mail. Those ballots must be postmarked by November 5; online votes must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET on that date.

If you need additional information about your voting options, contact ESC at (866) 720-4357 or via email at CHOHelp@electionservicescorp.com.

Election results will be announced at Community Health Options’ Annual Member Meeting that will be held via online Zoom meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who will discuss Maine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To join the meeting, go to healthoptions.zoom.us/s/94455576847 using passcode 583469 and webinar ID 944 5557 6847. You can also join by phone at (646) 876-9923.