Charleston, WV – On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged West Virginians to apply for health insurance coverage during the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Special Enrollment Period, which ends May 15, 2021.
“Every West Virginian deserves to have access to affordable, reliable healthcare – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 2,200 West Virginians and 470,000 Americans,” said Senator Manchin.
“Over 180,000 West Virginians currently rely on the ACA for healthcare coverage and many more West Virginians lost their coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am pleased the Biden Administration has opened a Special Enrollment Period to allow uninsured Americans and West Virginians to apply for healthcare coverage until May 15, 2021. To apply and enroll, please visit healthcare.gov to find a plan that works for you and your family.”
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Manchin urged the Trump Administration to reopen ACA enrollment to help West Virginians impacted by the pandemic apply for health insurance. In August of 2020, Senator Manchin called on the Trump Administration to create a special enrollment period, but the Administration did not take action. At the end of January, Senator Manchin applauded President Biden’s executive order to open the ACA for a special enrollment period to allow Americans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic apply for healthcare coverage.
West Virginia offers free enrollment assistance to all in-state residents through the WV Navigator. You can learn more at acanavigator.com/wv/home or call at 1-844-WV-CARES.