Avera Health Plans Extends Application Deadline
For Coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace
It’s not too late to get health insurance coverage from Avera Health Plans for Jan. 1, 2014 through www.healthcare.gov according to Deb Muller, Chief Administrative Officer of Avera Health Plans.
“Our Service Center has received a number of calls from individuals in a panic on Christmas Eve, asking us if Dec. 24 was the absolute last day to apply for coverage with a January 1 effective date. Apparently, a lot of young adults talked with their parents over the Christmas holiday about their plans for health insurance coverage,” said Muller. “Since the federal government would allow us to accept applications through Dec. 31, it was an easy decision to extend our timeframe so more people can get into the best plan for themselves and their families in time for January.”
With the extension, individuals will have until Dec. 31 to complete the online application. For their coverage to start January 1, their first premium payment must be received no later than Jan. 7, 2014 for Avera Health Plans to process. To take advantage of the extension being offered by Avera Health Plans, consumers must enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov. “This is one small thing we can do to start everyone on the road to a happy and healthier 2014,” said Muller.