Oct. 6—Maine will launch a state-based health insurance marketplace at the beginning of next month, a process that will synthesize plan shopping for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The state has been working toward having its own marketplace for more than two years. A 2020 law that allowed the state to create its own marketing, outreach and enrollment programs was a main health care goal in the early part of Democratic Gov.
How will this affect health care shopping?
Nearly 60,000 Mainers got coverage through Affordable Care Act marketplaces this year, with most individuals or families qualifying for subsidies. The centralization of the marketplace should make it easier for Mainers to see options easier, said
State-run marketplaces can also create their own special enrollment period or extend enrollment periods without relying on the federal government, Woloson said.
"It's more like one-stop shopping," she said.
In addition to marketplace plans, people who are eligible for MaineCare, the state's version of Medicaid, and its expanded version will have their applications sent directly to that office, rather than having to apply for it separately.
When do I enroll and who offers plans?
Shoppers will be able to see plan options on
A special enrollment period from
Woloson said that bump was likely caused by two factors: people losing their jobs due to the pandemic and needing health insurance, and a federal subsidy provided by
There is only one nonprofit health insurance co-op operating in
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