Davis applauds Pennie move to implement his Easy Health Insurance Enrollment Plan
Uninsured Pennsylvanians can now enroll by checking box on tax forms
McKEESPORT, March 16 – In a move that will make it easier than ever for Pennsylvanians to access high quality, lost-cost health insurance, Pennie and the Department of Treasury today announced they are implementing the ‘Path to Pennie’ – an easy enrollment option first proposed by State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, which would allow people to enroll in health insurance simply by filling out a form on their state tax returns.
“With this change, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians will have an easier time accessing, quality, affordable, healthcare. I would like to thank Pennie, the Department of Revenue, and Governor Wolf for implementing my proposed legislation to bring easy enrollment to Pennsylvania” said state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, who had initially introduced the Easy Enrollment Option via legislation last year. “Between this program and the application of state and federal funding, healthcare access will be a reality for countless Pennsylvania families who previously found it out of reach.”
This plan creates a simple and straightforward way for tax filers to indicate that they, their spouse, and/or dependents do not have health coverage and are interested in learning more about the services provided by Pennie. Those who indicate they are uninsured will receive an official postal notice from Pennie with instructions on how to apply for coverage in April 2022, during Pennie’s Special Enrollment Period.
“We are excited to provide uninsured Pennsylvanians this new opportunity to enroll in quality health coverage through Pennie this tax season. Just by filling out tax form REV-1882 on the Pennsylvania state tax return, uninsured filers can elect to learn more about the health insurance plans and financial assistance offered through Pennie,” said Zachary W. Sherman, Pennie Executive Director. “As we take strides toward reducing barriers to coverage, we are thrilled to provide a path to peace of mind for the uninsured, especially those unfamiliar with Pennie and the savings available to reduce the cost of coverage and care.”
More than 90% of Pennie customers receive subsidies that reduce monthly health insurance premiums. Thirteen percent of Pennie customers have health insurance premiums of $1 per month.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored many of the old fault lines in our healthcare system,” Davis said. “Access to health care remains a critical barrier in our society. This move is an opportunity to knock down that barrier for thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians, many of whom are children, and help them enroll in healthcare coverage.”