LITTLE ROCK — Arkansans who are considering health insurance options should be advised that Sunday is the deadline for open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, state Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Tuesday.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansans who are considering health insurance options should be advised that Sunday is the deadline for open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, state Insurance Commissioner Allen Kerr said Tuesday.


"If consumers are interested in receiving tax credits to help pay their monthly premiums, the place to go is the Health Insurance Marketplace," Kerr said in a news release. "The federal government will only provide income tax credits for Arkansas residents who enroll in marketplace plans."


Arkansas consumers can get details about their health insurance options, learn whether they are eligible for tax credits and enroll directly at www.healthcare.gov.


Consumers can also seek the help of a licensed insurance agent or broker or a licensed assister. Lists of agents, brokers and assisters are posted on the Arkansas Insurance Department’s website at ahc.arkansas.gov.


The website also features an interactive tool that allows Arkansans to view information about plans available to them, including price, benefits, deductibles and other details.


The Arkansas Health Connector Resource Center at the Insurance Department can be reached by phone at (855) 283-3483 or by email at aid.info.ahcd@arkansas.gov. The federal call center can be reached at 1-800-318-2596.


Although the deadline for open enrollment is Sunday, an allowance for variances in time zones means people can enroll until 2 a.m. Monday, Kerr said.


On average, Arkansans with marketplace plans in 2014 paid $94 a month out of pocket toward their premiums and received a monthly tax credit of $293 toward their premiums.


Through Feb. 1, there were 55,254 Arkansans enrolled in marketplace plans for 2015.


Marketplace plans are sold by private health insurance carriers. The carriers for Arkansas are Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Multi-State, Celtic Insurance Company (doing business as Ambetter Arkansas), QCA Health Plan and QualChoice Life, and Health Insurance Company.


Marketplace rates are projected to drop in 2015 about 2 percent on average compared to 2014.