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Search’s open enrollment period ends Sunday Executive Director Zachary Sherman urges Pennsylvanians to sign up for health insurance during a media event in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (Soure:

This coming Sunday marks the final deadline for open enrollment this season in, Pennsylvania’s health insurance marketplace.

Pennie, the state’s counterpart to provides insurance plans to individuals and households who are not covered through their employer or a public program such as Medicaid or Medicare. The plans are heavily subsidized to keep premiums affordable. Nine out of 10 customers qualify for discounts, receiving more than $500 a month in savings on average.

Customers who enrolled by Dec. 15 could begin their coverage on Jan. 1. Those signing up by Sunday will have their coverage start Feb. 1.

Outside the open enrollement period, customers can only buy coverage or switch plans if they experience a “qualifying life event,” such as changing jobs or having a child.

Pennie’s customer service will offer extended hours on Sunday, staying open from 8 a.m. until midnight.