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More than 8K sign up for plans under Maine’s new marketplace

November 18, 2021 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 8,200 Mainers have selected plans under the state’s health insurance marketplace that was approved last month by federal regulators.

Open enrollment began this month and residents are being encouraged to use a new tool called “Plan Compare” to essentially window shop for plans on the marketplace called CoverME.gov.

Maine is among three states recently approved by the federal government to run its own marketplace.

“We are encouraged that, in less than two weeks, more than 8,000 Maine people shopped for and selected affordable, quality health plans,” Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew.

Customers face a Dec. 15 deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1. Those who already have a marketplace plan will be automatically re-enrolled unless they shop for a new plan.