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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on November 22, 2019

Time is running out to buy or enroll in ACA health insurance or Medicare for next year

Residents have only a few weeks left to sign up for 2020 health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicare.

Community members are encouraged to review their options for health insurance and, if needed, take advantage of the chance to buy or enroll in coverage through the Marketplace or Medicare before the enrollment periods end in early December.

The open enrollment period for buying private insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace runs through Dec. 15. The ACA offers income-based subsidies on premiums, so many residents may be eligible for zero-premium plans.

The coverage will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. Go to to enroll.

In 2018, 214,956 South Carolinians purchased a plan on the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace, according to the South Carolina Hospital Association.

Residents also can check if they or their children might be eligible for Medicaid and/or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which can provide free or low-cost health coverage to you and your family. More than 200,000 South Carolinians who are uninsured are eligible for Medicaid or Affordable Care Act Marketplace subsidies.

For seniors, it’s time to sign up for Medicare coverage for 2020. Seniors ages 65 and older are eligible, but not automatically enrolled. The open enrollment period for Medicare ends Dec. 7. Go to to enroll.

Residents of all ages are encouraged to ensure they have proper health insurance. It can help ensure adequate preventive and primary care, which could lead to a healthier life and prevent chronic conditions.

Need help signing up for coverage? Call 888-998-4646 to connect with experts from the South Carolina Hospital Association who can help guide you through the process to determine what options best fit your needs.


Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.