Dec. 10, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)

Pennie, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, is approaching its first enrollment deadline. Tuesday, Dec. 15, is the last day for individuals and families to purchase health coverage to start January 2021. Current and potential customers are encouraged to select a plan by Dec. 15 to ensure continuous coverage.

Pennie allows customers to compare and shop for medical and dental insurance from participating insurers, who are required to offer qualified, comprehensive plans. Pennie is also the only source for financial assistance to help lower the cost of coverage and care. Nearly nine out of 10 of customers qualify for financial assistance.

Pennsylvanians interested in shopping for and purchasing health coverage through Pennie can go to or call the customer service team at 1-844-844-8040. The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during open enrollment.

Pennie-certified assisters are available to walk customers through the shopping and enrollment process and have been trained to assist both in-person or virtually. Pennsylvanians looking for plan recommendations and enrollment support can use one of the more than 2,500 Pennie-certified brokers who are professionally trained to work with customers one-on-one and can help narrow down their options.

Anyone who misses the Dec. 15 deadline can still apply for coverage through Pennie until Jan. 15, 2021. Coverage selected after Dec. 15 will begin Feb. 1, 2021.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136 /