Recently, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that under Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act or “ACA”) Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has dropped to its lowest ever at 5.6 percent.

MHAPA’s Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators are part of a larger team effort to help people statewide understand and enroll in insurance coverage. During the last enrollment year, our team’s Navigators, who can assist individuals with behavioral health related insurance needs, reached 2,000 individuals and directly assisted 1,000 individuals with selecting, enrolling in, or re-enrolling in a Marketplace Qualified Healthcare Plan or Medicaid HealthChoices plan. In addition to in-person support, Navigator outreach efforts got the word out about HealthCare.Gov to 6,500 people in 61 counties.

This successful program, which is free of cost to the public, needs your help! Cuts to our funding and a shorter Open Enrollment Period are limiting our ability to reach people this year.

The Trump administration has reduced funding for Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators, leaving us without the resources to reach across the state. Additionally, the administration has narrowed the Open Enrollment period from 12 weeks to six weeks, November 1-December 15, 2017. At a time when our Navigators will need to increase their efforts to help people get coverage, we are losing the financial resources to support their work.

Please consider making a gift to MHAPA to support our Health Insurance Marketplace Navigators outreach and enrollment efforts. Your gift will enable us to reach more people during this short enrollment period.

By giving to our Navigator program, you will help us ensure that adults and children across the state have the coverage they need.

Donate here.

Obamacare in Pennsylvania

See what Health Insurance Navigators have helped make possible:*

  • Before the Affordable Care Act, 10 percent of Pennsylvanians and 16 percent of Americans nationwide went uninsured.
  • Since the ACA’s passage, the national uninsured rate has fallen to 8.6 percent; Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate has dropped to 5.6 percent – the lowest it has ever been.
  • More than 40% of Pennsylvanians – 5.4 million people – have pre-existing conditions and cannot be denied health insurance coverage due to the ACA.
  • Approximately 4.5 million Pennsylvanians no longer have to worry about large bills due to annual or lifetime limits on benefits, and 6.1 million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services.
  • Medicaid serves 2.8 million Pennsylvanians, or 22 percent of the commonwealth’s population. This includes: 1.2 million children; Nearly 250,000 seniors; 565,000 individuals who receive outpatient mental health services; 215,000 individuals relying on substance use disorder treatment.
  • In 2015, Medicaid paid for more than 58,000 births in the commonwealth – nearly
  • 40 percent of Pennsylvania’s total births.
  • The Medicaid expansion of the ACA has resulted in the coverage of more than 715,000 newly eligible Pennsylvanians.

*Source: Acting Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller’s testimony in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance