CHEYENNE – The 2020 open enrollment period for individual health insurance is more than halfway done. At the end of the third week, enrollment is down from the previous year, according to the Enrollment Snapshot released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week.

“The Thanksgiving week is typically a slower week for enrollment, and with it falling on the last week of November, the Dec. 15 deadline will quickly be here,” said Diane Gore, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, in a news release. “We know many individuals remain uninsured, and we’re reminding everyone in Wyoming who purchases health insurance to take a look at the health plans available.”

More than 20,000 people in Wyoming currently purchase health insurance from the federal marketplace. According the Kaiser Family Foundation, nine out 10 Wyoming residents who are enrolled with Healthcare.gov insurance qualify for cost savings.

Marketplace enrollees satisfied with their 2019 plan will be automatically re-enrolled in the same plan or an equivalent plan, so the enrollment number is expected to increase.

A few helpful reminders:

The last day to enroll or change a health insurance plan is Dec. 15.

Coverage begins Jan. 1, and all plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions and preventive care.

To ensure your coverage is in place, be sure to make your initial premium payment on time.

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