SEARHC encourages Alaskans to check out new options for low-cost health plans

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has joined the list of health care providers encouraging Alaskans to participate in the potentially money-saving special enrollment period for insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The latest round of federal aid for people hurt by the pandemic’s hit to the economy, the American Rescue Plan Act, includes “additional insurance subsidies and (ACA) plan options for individuals and families,” SEARHC explained in a prepared statement July 22.

“During this one-time special enrollment period, individuals and families can enroll in a new insurance plan or make changes to their current plan,” the statement said. Anyone missing the Aug. 15 deadline would need to wait until the next regular opening at the federally operated health insurance online marketplace Nov. 1.

“Significant cost cuts have been made and all Alaska residents are encouraged to compare their current health insurance plan with the options available at,” or by talking with a certified application counselor at SEARHC “to help guide Southeast residents through the enrollment process.”

For more information, email the SEARHC patient health benefits team at, or call 907-966-8684.

The U.S. Department of Health and Social Services estimates the savings could reduce premiums on average by $85 per policy per month, or many people could upgrade to a better plan with more coverage for the same or lower premiums than they currently pay.


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