Open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace began Sunday, Nov. 1, and runs through Dec. 15. South Dakotans looking for 2021 health coverage only have six weeks to enroll in a 2021 health plan or review an existing plan to ensure they are receiving competitive prices and benefits. Most South Dakotans who purchase private health plans through Healthcare.gov qualify for financial help to lower the cost of their insurance.

According to a poll from Get America Covered released in October, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of getting covered for many consumers. While 84 percent of respondents believe health insurance is important, almost half of respondents reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has made them think having health insurance is more important now than before the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that having comprehensive health insurance has never been more important,” Horizon CEO John Mengenhausen said. “Horizon is here to help you get health coverage and give you peace of mind during this uncertain time. Enroll through Healthcare.gov by Dec. 15, so you can be sure you’re covered come Jan. 1, 2021.”

Horizon Health Care wants to make sure everyone knows that the Marketplace for 2021 health coverage is open, tax credits are available for those who qualify and in-person and online support is available to help people navigate the enrollment process. South Dakotans who have questions about the Marketplace and enrolling in a 2021 health plan can visit GetCoveredSouthDakota.org for information on how to enroll, how to apply for financial assistance and where to find local help.

Certified application counselors located at Horizon offer free, unbiased assistance to help people explore their health coverage options.