The open-enrollment period to purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace began Wednesday. Montana residents can go to healthcare.gov to find a plan or covermt.org to get assistance in person.
This year, the enrollment period has been cut from three months to 45 days.
Holly McCamant with Southwest Montana Community Health Center says talk of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act in Congress may have led to some confusion about the availability of plans. She says some of the people who call her every year for assistance haven’t been calling, but she wants to reassure them that they can.
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Open enrollment ends December 15. The federal government has cut the marketing budget for insurance exchanges and also the budget for navigators – individuals who help people find plans. Premiums for some Montanans are expected to go up after the Trump administration’s decision to end cost-sharing payments to insurance companies that help cover low-income residents. More than 63,000 Montanans purchased their plans through the health exchange this year.