Unemployed Pennsylvanians get help from the state to pay for health insurance

Written by on March 18, 2021

 Unemployed Pennsylvanians get help from the state to pay for health insurance

By WESA Staff

March 18, 2021

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Americans will pay less in government health insurance premiums under a provision in the latest pandemic federal relief package. 

State officials, however, said on March 17 that unemployed Pennsylvanians who sign up for insurance through the state program known as “Pennie” will not have to pay a monthly premium in 2021.

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman says the relief package also covers COBRA premiums for people who were laid off or lost hours during the pandemic. 

“Currently, those laid-off workers have to pay the full cost of that coverage, but under the American Rescue Plan, they will pay no cost for that coverage through September of this year,” she says. 

Pennsylvanians can enroll in the state program at Pennie.com until May 15. 

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