Path to Pennie is a program created to connect uninsured Pennsylvanians with health insurance offered through Pennie. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and Pennie have teamed up to allow uninsured tax filers to indicate they would like to receive more information about coverage available through Pennie when they complete their Pennsylvania state income tax return.
Tax filers can indicate they are uninsured through tax form, REV-1882 ‘Health Insurance Coverage Information Request.’ This form creates a straightforward way for tax filers to “check the box” indicating that they, their spouse, and/or dependents do not have health coverage and are interested in learning more about enrolling in a plan. Those tax filers who “check the box” will receive a notice from Pennie, which will include a unique access code for them to claim their new Pennie account as well as a 60-day period—a Special Enrollment Period—that household members can use to enroll in coverage. The tax filer will also see the estimated dollar amount of financial assistance they appear eligible to receive from Pennie thanks to the information shared by the Department of Revenue. There will be a section in the notice with information on how to enroll in coverage through pennie.com or by phone.
Once tax filers receive a notice from Pennie, they can follow the steps below to enroll either online or over the phone:
1) Claim their new Pennie account by providing their access code, either online at pennie.com or by calling Pennie Customer Service at 1-844-844-8040 or TTY:711.
2) Complete their Pennie application to find out what financial assistance they are eligible to use towards reducing the cost of health coverage and care.
3) Enroll in coverage and pay their first month’s insurance plan payment if they have one.
Upon submission of their completed application, Pennie will transfer all applicants who are potentially eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the Department of Human Services for a final eligibility determination.
Pennie will not share information with third parties. Pennie will only share information with the PA Department of Human Services if they appear eligible for coverage through Medical Assistance or CHIP upon submission of their Pennie application.