Juneau, AK (KINY) - The open enrollment for 2018 individual health insurance plans is coming to an end this Friday.
The deadline is six weeks earlier than previous years. Unless there is a life-changing event such as a death in the family, marriage, or the loss of employment, this open enrollment time frame is the only time to enroll or make changes to current health insurance policies. Those currently enrolled in an individual market plan, but do not make any changes will be automatically renewed to the same or similar plan.
From a press release from the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development:
"There are five plan options offered to Alaskans in the individual market. For information and assistance in determining which plan is best for you, visit healthcare.gov, where you can also find in-person assistance. You can also visit GetCoveredAlaska.org or call 1-844-PLANSAK (toll-free). There are certain benefits to signing up for care on the healthcare.gov site, but consumers may also purchase plans through a local licensed insurance agent or directly from Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, the only insurer in Alaska’s individual market."
Those who found prices to be too expensive last year are encouraged to look again. The Alaska Reinsurance Program has helped reduce the average price of an individual market plan by 22 percent. Many Alaskans also may be eligible for federal tax credits to help cover premium costs.