Open enrollment has begun on Rhode Island‘s health insurance exchange.
Thursday was the first day for individuals and families to purchase health insurance coverage for 2019.
Residents who need coverage starting Jan. 1 must pick a plan and pay through HealthSource RI by Dec. 23.
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed encouraged Rhode Islanders to understand their options and select a plan that fits their needs.
The Rhode Island Democrat says access to preventive care helps reduce overall medical costs for individuals and communities, so it’s in everyone’s interest to ensure that all Americans have affordable, reliable coverage.
Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo held an event to kick off open enrollment and reaffirm her commitment to the Affordable Care Act.
HealthSource RI says nearly half of enrollees pay less than $100 per month.