Enrollment Surge Expected as Insurance Deadline Nears

Charleston Gazette - With less than a week to go before the 2015 deadline to sign up under the Affordable Care Act, enrollment numbers for West Virginia have leveled off, but health officials predict the state will see a surge in sign-ups similar to last year's before the enrollment periods closes on Monday. Read

Sunday is the last day to enroll in an ACA-approved plan through the federal marketplace. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 28,482 West Virginians had enrolled or re-enrolled in qualified health plans through Jan. 30, up only slightly from the 27,471 enrolled through Jan. 16.

Highmark West Virginia, the state's largest insurer, had reported enrollment of 31,172 people as of Dec. 31, which included those who enrolled off-exchange and directly through Highmark, according to Highmark West Virginia President Fred Earley.

Perry Bryant, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, said he anticipates a surge in enrollment as Sunday draws closer, and said he wouldn't be surprised if enrollment surged upward of 35,000.

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