Special enrollment in state, federal health insurance marketplaces now open

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State employees who are not eligible to participate in the University’s health care plan can now sign up for health insurance coverage through, the federal health insurance marketplace, or, Pennsylvania’s state-level health exchange, during a special enrollment period.

Enrollment in the public health insurance marketplaces typically begins in the fall each year, but due to the national COVID-19 emergency, a special enrollment period on both the federal and state-level exchanges has been opened through May 15.

Employees who decide to enroll through the marketplace will need to provide the following information about Penn State:

  • Employer name: The Pennsylvania State University 
  • Employer Identification Number EIN: 24-6000376 
  • Employer address: 201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802 
  • Employer telephone number: 814-865-1473
  • Name of contact for employee health coverage: Penn State Employee Benefits
  • Phone number of contact (if different from above): 814-865-1473 
  • Email address of contact:

Some employees who do not have access to affordable, minimum-value health care coverage through their employer may be eligible for a federal subsidy to make buying insurance from the Public Health Insurance Marketplace through more affordable. The subsidy offered to eligible individuals would be determined based on household income. Financial assistance through Pennie also is available.

In addition to the federal and state insurance marketplaces, other coverage options include a spouse’s employer plan, a parent’s employer plan for individuals up to age 26, Medicaid or Medicare.

Employees who choose to investigate the health care coverage offered through the public marketplaces should note that these plans are not associated with Penn State in any way. Employees can contact online or at 800-318-2596 for additional information, or visit or call 1-844-844-8040 to learn more about the state marketplace.

Last Updated February 18, 2021