Need health insurance? The deadline to sign up is quickly approaching


IF YOU HAVEN’T CHOSEN YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN YET, YOU’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME. 22NEWS REPORTER TAMARA SACHARCZYK JOINS US LIVE TO TELL US WHEN THE DEADLINE IS, AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SIGNED UP YET. OPEN ENROLLMENT TECHNICALLY RUNS THROUGH THE END OF JANUARY… BUT A DIFFERENT DEADLINE IS APPROACHING THIS WEEK. ANYONE WHO WANTS COVERAGE FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY, ONLY HAS ABOUT 4 MORE DAYS TO SIGN UP. YOU CAN STILL SWITCH PLANS – UNTIL JANUARY 31ST, BUT FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE TO PAY FOR JANUARY COVERAGE. THE STATE IS ENCOURAGING MEMBERS TO SHOP AROUND FOR A NEW PLAN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IF YOU MISS FRIDAY’S DEADLINE… YOU’LL AUTOMATICALLY GET RE-ENROLLED IN YOUR CURRENT PLAN. THAT MEANS, YOU’D ALSO HAVE TO PAY THE JANUARY PREMIUM, WHICH COULD BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN YOU’RE USED TO. THE CONNECTOR ESTIMATES THAT PREMIUMS WILL INCREASE, BY AT LEAST 15 PERCENT IN 2017, FOR NEARLY A QUARTER OF PEOPLE, WHO WANT TO KEEP THEIR CURRENT PLANS. ACCORDING TO THE STATE, MORE THAN 28-THOUSAND HEALTH CONNECTOR MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY PICKED A NEW PLAN. IF YOU’RE NOT SURE HOW TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, WE’VE POSTED A

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