SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The open enrollment period for health insurance has been cut in half which means people will need to start shopping around sooner rather than later.
President Donald Trump’s Administration cut the enrollment period from the previous 90 days to 45. That means people will only have from November 1 to December 15 to enroll.
“It’s disappointing,” said Jason Stevenson, Communications Director, Utah Health Policy Project. “It makes shopping for health insurance a little harder in 2018. People are going to have to switch plans.”
The seven Utah counties Molina Healthcare offers marketplace plans are Box Elder, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele, Utah and Weber.
The Long Beach, Calif. – based company released the following statement to ABC4 Utah:
“Molina Healthcare intends to exit the Utah Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly referred to as the Exchange) in 2018. After months of deliberation and planning, this was a business decision that had to be made due to a number of significant factors including challenges in keeping premiums affordable, uncertainty around cost-sharing payments and the volatility around the individual market over which we have no control. In the meantime, we plan to continue serving our current Exchange members in all of our existing Utah counties through the end of this year. Molina’s Medicaid and Medicare members across the state will not be impacted by this change. We regret any inconvenience this may cause our Exchange members and providers and we will work diligently to do everything we can to make this a smooth transition.”
The 95 percent of Utah residents affected by Molina’s exit will still have a choice of at least two insurers. Select Health and University of Utah Health Plans are predicted to continue and even expand their coverage options in 2018.
“People will be able to get healthcare. It’s not as if healthcare is going away,” Stevenson told ABC4 Utah’s Brittany Johnson. “There’s just a handful of counties where there’s only one insurer — Select Health, where people won’t have a choice and that actually didn’t change with Molina leaving the marketplace.”
If you are with Molina Healthcare you can continue using your plan until the end of the year. For any questions dial 211 or visit www.TakeCareUtah.org.