Insurance shopping made easier with lower premiums possible

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that over 2.1 million people selected plans using the platform since Open Enrollment began on November 1, including 62,809 in Wisconsin. This includes both new consumers and consumers renewing their coverage on

“With plans available for less than $75 per month in premiums, 2.1 million Americans, including 62,809 in Wisconsin, have already selected coverage through, more than had signed up at this time last year,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

“I hear from people across the country just how much coverage matters to them, so I continue to encourage all Wisconsinites who need health insurance for 2017 to visit and check out their options. Consumers should be sure to enroll by Dec. 15 for coverage that starts Jan. 1.”

Because this year’s Open Enrollment began mid-week, today’s snapshot covers two fewer days than last week’s Week 4 snapshot. Nonetheless, plan selections in Wisconsin are higher than last year at this time.

Consumers should visit or to review their coverage options, learn about what financial assistance is available, or to sign up or re-enroll in a plan that best meets their needs.

Five Facts about Open Enrollment in Wisconsin:

1. Since Open Enrollment began on Nov. 1, 62,809 Wisconsin consumers have selected a plan using the platform.

2. Coverage could be more affordable than you think. 63 percent of Wisconsin Marketplace enrollees can find plans with a premium for less than $75 per month. Nationwide, about 8 out of 10 people who enroll in health coverage through qualify for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable.

3. Shopping for a better deal could save you money. For 2017, Health- consumers in Wisconsin could save an average of $608 annually in premiums for a plan in the same level of coverage by returning to shop. If you had coverage through for 2016, you should come back to update your information and compare your options for 2017.

4. It’s easier than ever to find a plan that meets your needs and budget. This year, when consumers come to, shoppers will find a streamlined, user-friendly process. Comparing plans online or on mobile will be an intuitive, step-by-step process to click or swipe through. Simple, easy-to-understand presentation of plan features like cost-sharing and provider networks will help consumers find what works for them.

5. Help is available. Free, confidential help can be found in person or by phone.

Call 1-800-318-2596 for confidential assistance 24/7, in English or Spanish.

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