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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline is Rapidly Approaching!

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that open enrollment on the health insurance marketplace at www.healthcare.gov, created through the Affordable Care Act, closes this Sunday, Dec. 15.

ACA Enrollment Event Dec. 12REMINDER that TOMORROW in my Bethlehem District Office I will be hosting an ACA Enrollment Event - Those that attend will be able to work with enrollment specialists to find the best, most affordable health insurance.

ACA health insurance helps you pay for the things you need to get healthy and stay healthy.  Coverage includes visits to doctors and other providers, prescription drugs, and care during an illness.  Any ACA plan you purchase also covers some or all of the cost of the following: hospital care; emergency care; mental health and substance abuse treatment; wellness services; dental and vision care for children under 18; care throughout pregnancy; basic laboratory services; pediatric care; birth control; and rehabilitative and habilitative services such as physical therapy.

Most insurance plans must cover certain preventive services without any cost to you, such as vaccines, pap smears, mammograms and blood pressure screenings, even if you haven’t met your yearly deductible. 

While all ACA plans will cover these services, each plan will vary in the level of coverage and cost to you.

Anyone looking to purchase health insurance on the marketplace for the first time or wanting to renew their coverage can get started at www.healthcare.gov. Simply visit the site and select whether you’re applying for the first time or wanting to renew coverage.  On the site, you can also search for local assistance by entering your address or zip code to generate a listing of nearby navigators and assistors.

If you don’t have access to a computer or need assistance, please call 1-800-318-2596 to get assistance.

The PA Insurance Department is another resource that can assist with the purchasing of health insurance.  Visit www.insurance.pa.gov to view the Department’s “How to Buy Health Insurance” guide. On the site, select “Coverage” under the “Health” tab. You can also contact them at 1-877-881-6388.

December 31 Deadline: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program

December 31, 2019 is the last day to submit an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Applications (and assistance!) are available at my district offices, online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190.  As always, my staff would be happy to assist you in preparing and submitting your application.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.  The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters.  Please keep in mind, half of Social Security income is excluded.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline - December 31, 2019

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Offices of State Senator Lisa M. Boscola

www.senatorboscola.com

BETHLEHEM OFFICE
One East Broad Street
Suite 120
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 868-8667
Fax: (610) 861-2184
Toll-free: 1-877-535-1818
EASTON OFFICE
1701 Washington Blvd.
Easton, PA 18042
(610) 250-5627
(610) 250-5629
Fax: (610) 250-1889
HARRISBURG OFFICE
458 Main Capitol Building
Senate Box 203018
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3018
(717) 787-4236
Fax: (717) 783-1257
Senate of PA:
1-800-364-158 (TTY)