PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The clock is ticking for Rhode Islanders who still need to sign up for health coverage.
While the federal exchange deadline has come and gone, those searching for a coverage plan through HealthSource RI have until Dec. 23 to sign up.
HealthSource RI Director Zach Sherman said open enrollment technically runs through the end of the year, but the Dec. 23 deadline ensures uninterrupted coverage. He said anyone who decides on a plan following the deadline may begin on Feb. 1.
Right now, the state has approximately 32,700 enrollees, which Sherman said is up by 11% from last year.
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the rate of uninsured Rhode Islanders has decreased from 12% to approximately 4%. Sherman said the state now has the fourth lowest uninsured rate in the country and the third lowest uninsured rate for children.
“Enrollment has been strong. Rhode Islanders are eager to come in and sign up for coverage,” he said.
Last Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled against ACA in Texas, but Sherman said Rhode Islanders should not be worried about that at this point.
“This is another in a long line of court challenges around the Affordable Care Act. It doesn’t affect your current coverage. It doesn’t affect open enrollment for 2019,” he explained.
Healthsource RI has a walk-in center at 401 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence that is open from 8 a.m to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Those seeking to enroll in a coverage plan can also visit its website for more information or call (855) 840-4774.