DeLuca supports new Path to Pennie program

Uninsured Pennsylvanians connected to health insurance by checking box on tax forms

PITTSBURGH, March 16 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, Democratic chair of the PA House Insurance Committee, expressed strong support today for the new Path to Pennie program.

“As chair of the House Insurance Committee, I worked closely with my vice chair, state Rep. Austin Davis, who introduced legislation that would establish an easy enrollment option to connect working Pennsylvanians to quality and affordable health insurance coverage,” DeLuca said. “I also applaud the governor and Pennie for working together to implement this change that will increase access to health insurance for more folks who need it.”

Path to Pennie helps to connect uninsured Pennsylvanians with health insurance coverage with the addition of an optional REV-1882 form on the state personal income tax return, which asks filers whether they, their spouse or dependents need health insurance coverage. If the tax filer checks “yes,” they are asked if they consent to receive information from Pennie, the state’s health insurance marketplace, which then reaches out to the filer about enrollment options.

Generally, individuals have 60 days to select and enroll in a Pennie plan. Uninsured individuals who are eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program or Medical Assistance will have their information sent to the state Department of Human Services.

“I am pleased state agencies are finding ways to work together and get more Pennsylvanians enrolled in health insurance coverage,” DeLuca said. “If you are filing your taxes and are uninsured, be sure to fill out the REV-1882 form when you file your state tax return to take advantage of this opportunity to be connected with health insurance coverage.”

Path to Pennie allows eligible individuals to enroll in health insurance coverage outside of Pennie’s annual open enrollment period.

More than 90% of Pennie customers receive subsidies that reduce monthly health insurance premiums; 13% of Pennie customers have health insurance premiums of $1 per month.