Wyoming residents could have an extra week to enroll for insurance under the federal Affordable Health Care Act.
Residents were given until this coming Monday, Dec. 23, to enroll for insurance if they wanted coverage by Jan. 1. But WINHealth, one of the the two health insurance companies in Wyoming that are offering the federal coverage, announced it has extended that enrollment period until the close of business day on Dec. 30.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming is the other company offering coverage under the federal program, but Sheridan Media has been unable to reach anyone with that company to learn if they also are extending the enrollment period.
WINHealth President and CEO Steve Goldstone said his company doesn't have offices in Sheridan, but the federal healthcare.gov site, which got off to a shaky start in October, does seem to be working well now. He said people seem to be having no problems signing up for the federal coverage. The WINHealth president said Sheridan residents also can contact their local insurance agents for help.
He said between the two companies, WINHealth and Blue Cross Blue Shield offer some 60 health care plans for people to choose from.
WINHealth also has extended the deadline by which Wyoming residents must pay the first premium for the health coverage. The deadline was Dec. 31, but the company president said residents now have until end of business day on Jan. 10. Residents still must buy a plan by March 31 to avoid a tax penalty.