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CHICAGO — GoHealth and Walgreens are ramping up their shared efforts to let Americans know GoHealthInsurance.com is a viable solution for people seeking coverage and exploring marketplace options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the companies announced Wednesday.
With one week left to guarantee coverage by Jan. 1, a growing number of consumers wanting health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will need to act by the Dec. 23rd deadline. With millions of people expected to sign up for a new health plan for 2014 and a quickly approaching deadline, supplemental solutions beyond the federal website are becoming extremely important, the companies noted.
"There's a lot of confusion and frustration surrounding health insurance right now, but we're in a unique position in that we're capable of bringing people the peace of mind that comes with enrolling in an affordable health plan," stated Clint Jones, CEO of GoHealth.
GoHealth offers consumers brand-name health plans at the same price as HealthCare.gov including the ability to not only calculate but also apply for tax credits to lower the cost of coverage.
GoHealth Licensed Advisors can recommend specific health plans based on an individual's budget and needs. This free service provides advice to those shopping for health insurance for the first time, consumers looking to save money or those who want to maximize benefits for their healthcare dollar.
"Through this nationwide partnership, we're well-positioned to reach millions of consumers at a critical time, to help raise awareness about this enrollment solution while providing answers and resources people need to make the most informed choices," Brad Fluegel, Walgreens SVP and chief strategy officer said.
If consumers choose not to enroll by the Dec. 23rd deadline, they can still sign up during open enrollment through March 31, 2014, but this may result in a gap in coverage if their current insurance is due to expire.
"We don't want a lack of advice to be the reason consumers wait to enroll and risk a gap in coverage," Brandon Cruz, president of GoHealth said. "With GoHealth, you're getting access to plans at the same prices as the federal exchange but with the added benefit of a licensed advisor to guide you through not only the enrollment but also the plan selection. We're a free resource to make sure you choose the right insurance coverage for you and your family."