Arkansans wishing to purchase health insurance have until Tuesday, Jan. 31 to sign up on the state's My Arkansas Insurance Individual Marketplace. Uninsured Arkansans may face federally mandated penalties on 2017 tax returns of up to $695 per person.
Arkansans wishing to purchase health insurance have until Tuesday, Jan. 31 to sign up on the state’s My Arkansas Insurance Individual Marketplace. Uninsured Arkansans may face federally mandated penalties on 2017 tax returns of up to $695 per person.
“Time is running out for consumers to buy health insurance before open enrollment ends on Jan. 31,” said Cheryl Gardner, executive director of the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace. “Those currently with health insurance coverage through the marketplace can also update their plans or change insurers for 2017.”
Individual and family plans are available at myARinsurance.com through Jan. 31. After Jan. 31, consumers can enroll or change plans only if they qualify for a special enrollment period due to certain life events such as losing coverage, moving or getting married.
Plans include standard benefits such as inpatient care, outpatient services, prescription drugs, and preventative care and screenings. There are a variety of options to fit household budgets and financial assistance is available. Most importantly, there are no lifetime limits and no restrictions for pre-existing conditions.
To begin exploring appropriate plans and to enroll, go to myARinsurance.com.
Agents, brokers and other licensed experts are located in almost every community in Arkansas to provide assistance, and a hotline staffed by trained professionals is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The number is 1-844-355-3262.
The My Arkansas Insurance Individual Marketplace is a partnership with the federal enrollment system, using the Healthcare.gov platform. However, the program is managed in Arkansas.
About the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace
Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (AHIM) was created to manage and implement a state-based health insurance exchange in Arkansas in accordance with state and federal law. AHIM was established by the 89th Arkansas General Assembly 2013 Regular Session by ACT 1500 and is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. My Arkansas Insurance is the state-based exchange established and managed by AHIM.
AHIM is governed by the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Board of Directors. Members of the AHIM Board are appointed by the governor, president Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The AHIM Board reports to the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Legislative Oversight Committee.