Priority Health launches program for people who lost insurance in layoffs

GRAND RAPIDS—Priority Health, the Grand Rapids-based health insurer, announced a new option to help those who have lost their employer-based health benefits due to COVID-19.

By combining a short-term plan to bridge any coverage gap with a special enrollment in an individual ACA plan, consumers can safely move from their employer-sponsored coverage to a new plan without the risk of going uninsured during the ongoing outbreak. Priority Health is also offering a deductible credit to all new individual members transitioning from an employer group plan.

“At this time, more than ever, it is crucial that every person in this country has health insurance,” said Joan Budden, president & CEO, Priority Health. “We have pushed ourselves to get creative with solutions to address this pandemic, and our new combination plan makes it possible that no one will have to go a day without health insurance.”

These new options help anyone forced to make an unexpected change to get affordable new coverage, while also allowing them to maintain any progress they had already made against their deductible during this calendar year, even if the individual’s previous employer-sponsored plan was with another carrier. Priority Health offers ACA plans as low as $0 per month for those that qualify for subsidies, and short- term plans that start at less than $100 per month. The company is also waiving enrollment screenings for the short-term plan for anyone who chooses this combination approach.

Priority Health is also offering Medicaid-eligible Michiganders a no-cost Priority Choice Healthy Michigan plan with coverage that starts right away. The plan provides free transportation and coverage for doctor visits, preventive care, hospital stays, emergency services, maternity care and prescription drugs.

Individuals can learn more about these plans and find out which solution best fits their situation and needs by calling Priority Health plan advisors toll-free at (833) 514-1116 or contacting a Priority Health licensed agent.

For more information on resources and options, go to: www.priorityhealth.com/covered.

Priority Health serves more than a million members and offers a network that includes 97 percent of primary care physicians in Michigan.

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