Update: Deadline for open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act is December 15

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 12/8/2017 5:05 P.M.

If you're planning on enrolling or re-enrolling, or changing plans for the Affordable Care Act, the deadline is Friday, December 15.

The period for enrolling or changing plans began November 1. This year, it was reduced to six weeks.

Recently, as we have reported, a number of providers, including Parkersburg-based Highmark West Virginia, have raised their rates.

But representatives of WV NaviCare note people taking part in the program have ways to find the best health plans available, for the least amount of money possible.

"One of the things you can do is, by calling a navigator here in West Virginia, they can find the best options and best prices for you to buy your plans," says Chantal Fields, Executive Director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care. "And there are options and incentives for people to purchase their health care."

West Virginians with questions about enrolling can call 1-877-982-2737 (1-877-WV-CARES).


The Affordable Care Act enrollment began November 1st, and Saturday in Parkersburg, an event was held by NaviCare to help those who may need assistance enrolling.

West Virginia NaviCare is a free service to help people sign up for health insurance. They took walk ins Saturday for anyone who needed help signing up or re-enrolling in their health insurance plan.

This year’s enrollment period is shorter than normal, and will end December 16th. Jeremy Smith of NaviCare says, "We just want to make sure that everybody gets health insurance. One car wreck, one surgery or one big doctor bill can bankrupt a family, if you don't have health insurance. It's really important that everyone has insurance and we're just really happy to provide that service to anybody out there that has questions.”

Smith adds, “A lot of folks are a little bit confused about their options for health insurance this year so it's really important to understand that nothing has really changed compared to last year. You can still buy your health insurance at healthcare.gov.”

If you were unable to make that walk-in event Saturday, you can still make a scheduled appointment with NaviCare before the enrollment period ends.