Events are scheduled from Omaha to Scottsbluff; Norfolk to McCook in an effort to help Nebraskans get the health insurance that fits their budget and their need.
It is called the Thankful for Health Coverage Day of Action.
“But, I think last year in Nebraska on average there were 36 plans to choose from in each county,” Nick Clasen with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Clasen says insurance premiums can range from $100 a month for basic coverage to $800 a month for more elaborate plans. Clasen advises to review your current policy and use events today to give that policy a checkup.
Julie Brookhart with the Centers says it’s important to shop around.
“You really should, because people are finding cheaper plans and more coverage,” according to Brookhart.
Nebraska consumers who re-enrolled last year and switched plans saved up to $682 annually.
Open Enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act occurs once a year. Open enrollment runs through January 31st, but if you want coverage to begin with the beginning of the New Year, you must enroll by December 15th.
Free, confidential help will be available at the events today. Click here for a schedule.
Financial help is available. In fact, 88% of Nebraska consumers get some sort of financial help to offset health insurance costs. Penalties will be assessed against those without coverage.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]