CMS Administrator Shares What You Need to Know Now to Sign Up  

Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, was a guest on the Gary Rivers Show Thursday morning to discuss everything you need to know about the Marketplace Open Enrollment. 

If you need to change your current health plan or find a new one, now is the time to go to to update your information or select a new plan that best meets your needs. You only have until December 15 to make changes to, or select a new, health plan during the Marketplace Open Enrollment Period. 

 Even if you are happy with your current health coverage, you might find something better during Open Enrollment. Every year health plan options change in cost, coverage and participating providers.  This year premiums have dropped while plan choice has increased.  The average premium for a benchmark health plan on the federal exchange dropped by 4 percent and there are also 20 more issuers delivering more choice and competition for consumers. 

 If you miss the Open Enrollment deadline, most people will have to wait a full year before they can enroll, or make changes to, their plans. Consumers have until December 15 to sign up for coverage that starts on January 1, 2020. 

 About Seema Verma 

Seema Verma is the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Seema Verma oversees a $1 trillion budget, representing 26% of the total federal budget, and administers health coverage programs for more than 130 million Americans. She was nominated by President Trump on November 29, 2016 – the seventh nomination by the President-elect – and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2017. 

Here is the Interview


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