SEARHC can help with health insurance before deadline
South East Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) can help people this month for open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace. SEARHC is a Certified Application Counselor agency and offers free enrollment assistance to all Southeast Alaska residents. The deadline to enroll is Jan. 31.
People that would like assistance with the application process can call the Alaska Primary Care Association at 1-844-752-6725 or contact the SEARHC Outreach and Enrollment team at 966-8883, 966-8662 or toll-free at 1-855-966-8684 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alaskans can sign up through the Health Insurance Marketplace by visiting the official website, healthcare.gov or by calling the Health Insurance Marketplace directly at 1-800-318- 2596, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Medical coverage will begin Feb. 1, 2017 for those who sign up before Jan. 15. Signing up after Jan. 15 means coverage begins March 1, 2017.
Medical insurance was automatically renewed in 2017 for many with insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Those who want to change those plans or did not pay the January premium on time, also have this month to make sure they have proper coverage. There are two ways to pay for Premera Blue Cross coverage. The first is to mail a check to Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, P.O. Box 741103, Los Angeles, CA 90074-1103. The second is to pay online by visiting premera.com/ak/member/manage-my-account/pay-my-bill.