“Healthcare premiums are expected to rise again in 2018, but folks who need to renew their insurance or enroll in a plan for the first time may visit Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s district office in the Northeast on Tuesday, Nov. 21, for expert advice on getting the best health coverage for their money.
The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats’ Affordable Care Act enrollment tour will stop at Tartaglione’s office at 1061 Bridge St. (Bridge Street and Oxford Avenue) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the public can sign up for ACA coverage or for Medicare with the help of certified enrollment specialists.
Visitors to the office should bring income documentation such as a pay stub or W-2 tax form, as well as their driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID.
Enrollment for ACA has become a lot more difficult for 2018 because of several cuts in the program enacted by the federal government. The enrollment period has been cut in half and runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. In past years, the enrollment window stayed open until Jan. 31. Also, the government’s enrollment website Healthcare.gov will be shut down for maintenance from midnight to noon on most Sundays. The site will not shut down on Dec. 10.
Further, the federal government has cut funding for its public awareness campaign and for consumer help. That’s why PA Senate Democrats created the HealthcareForPA.com website to promote and share information about enrollment.