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Need Help Enrolling in Health Insurance? Laurel Health Can Help!

By Kristy Warren


Open enrollment is officially here, meaning Pennsylvania residents can now enroll in new healthcare coverage or switch healthcare plans on the Pennsylvania insurance marketplace Pennie.com. This year’s open enrollment period runs now through January 15, 2022, but patients must enroll by Dec. 15 for their insurance coverage to begin at the start of the new year (January 1).


If you are struggling to find a health plan that’s a good fit for you and your family, want to address a change in your coverage needs, or need help navigating the Pennie marketplace, the Laurel Health Centers are here to help with free enrollment counseling. You don’t have to be a Laurel Health patient to use this free service. To make an appointment and discuss your health plan options, call 570-723-3424.




Open enrollment refers to the time period when anyone can sign up for marketplace healthcare coverage or change their health insurance plan, as opposed to having to qualify for a special enrollment period (e.g., losing a job and its associated healthcare coverage). Individual and family plans are offered through the marketplace. 




  • Open enrollment for health insurance runs from Nov. 1, 2021 to Jan. 15, 2022

  • Dec. 15 is the last day to enroll for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2022; if you enroll after Dec. 15, your health coverage begins Feb. 1, 2022

  • Jan. 15, 2022 is the last day to enroll in marketplace plans

  • If you lose your health insurance outside of the open enrollment period, you may be eligible for special enrollment



If you need help navigating Pennie.com, choosing a health plan, or determining if you’re eligible for additional financial assistance, Laurel Health counselors are available to support you and make the process less stressful. Our counselors explain the basics, compare coverage, and empower patients to make informed decisions.


Laurel Health certified application counselor Carla Westlake will walk you through what's new to the marketplace and how to sign up for coverage, including help comparing and enrolling in plans or health assistance programs. To make a free appointment to discuss your options, call Carla at 570-723-3424.

The Laurel Health Centers provide support and enrollment assistance for commercial Pennie.com marketplace plans, Medicaid, and sliding fee programs; for help with Medicare plans, please contact your social security office or local Area Agency on Aging office. 

We offer free appointments year-round to discuss insurance concerns.

Woman calling for help with insurance enrollment

“We assist patients with understanding and comparing their options for coverage through the new state marketplace and/or insurance affordability programs like Medicaid and CHIP,” explains Carla Westlake, LHC certified application counselor. “Our goal is to help everyone find a health plan that is a good fit. Anyone planning to enroll in health insurance this fall or who is currently uninsured / underinsured and looking for the right affordable coverage is welcome to make an appointment.”


As federally qualified health centers (FQHC), the Laurel Health Centers provide expert care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, and offer free support services like insurance enrollment counseling and a sliding fee program to help patients maintain access to quality care. Free appointments are available year-round to discuss your healthcare questions and eligibility to apply for insurance assistance programs. Enrollment / application help is available throughout the full open enrollment period.


Visit Pennie.com now to review available plans, resources, FAQs, programs, and enrollment deadlines. For more information on health plans or help enrolling, make a free appointment at 570-723-3424 today.