Pennie is the bridge that connects Pennsylvanians to health coverage
The mission of the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority, known as Pennie, is to improve the accessibility and affordability of individual market health coverage for Pennsylvanians.
Thanks to the unanimous, bipartisan effort by the Pennsylvania Legislature, Act 42 of 2019 was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on July 2, 2019 in an effort to transition away from the federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, to take local control of operations and customer service at a significantly lower cost and use the savings to launch a reinsurance program to lower premiums for middle income families purchasing health insurance in the individual market
Standing up a state-based health insurance marketplace provides the flexibility to react to changes and serve residents in the way that’s best for them; acquire local control of a robust in-person assistance program, education, communications, and customer service; lower health insurance premiums by approximately 5-10%; and work more closely with insurers to foster a competitive marketplace.
Uninsured PA Residents
# of Uninsured eligible for financial assistance
Department of Health
Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Commissioner Jessica Altman
Pennsylvania Insurance Department (Chair)
Capital Blue Cross
Pittsburgh Business Group on Health
PA Health Law Project
Secretary of the Department of Human Services
Independence Blue Cross
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan (Vice Chair)
Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
Meet our Advisory Council
Each of these appointees are leaders in their field and share Pennie’s interest in acting in the best interest of Pennsylvanians.
CBC, URL Insurance Group
Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley
Jolene Calla, Esq.
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Lawrence John, M.D.
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Louise E. Hayes
Community Legal Services