An information table hosted by Georgia’s 2018 Obamacare navigator, Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health. Open enrollment generally ended Dec. 15 but was extended to Feb. 20 for some Georgia counties. (PHOTO by Ariel hart/
Photo: PHOTO by Ariel Hart
Photo: PHOTO by Ariel Hart

Obamacare sign-up for Georgia counties hit by hurricane about to end

Open enrollment for 2019 insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act’s exchange market is over Wednesday for all locations in Georgia.

Open enrollment for ACA plans, also known as Obamacare, generally went from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. But several dozen counties in Georgia received an extension because they had been affected by Hurricane Michael. For those counties, ACA open enrollment ends Wednesday.

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Enrollment in 2019 plans was down overall from 2018, which was down from 2017. Before that it rose.

Preliminary figures from December showed 460,000 Georgians selected an Obamacare plan for 2019, a decline of 4.7 percent from the previous year.

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Georgia’s lone “navigator” organization, Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health, contracted with the federal government to help both refugees and others to sign up for ACA plans. Its phone number is 1-888-230-7772. The federal office that enrolls people directly is found at 1-800-318-2596, and operators may need to be told that the caller is eligible for a special enrollment period.

The federal government gives extensions throughout the year to others as well when people undergo certain life-changing events that affect their health care coverage, such as a divorce or changing a state of residence.

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