Healthcare Enrollment with Pennie

The 2020 Pennsylvania LGBTQ Health Needs Assessment found that 1 in 20 respondents had no health care coverage. Financial security is another area of imbalance that affects the health of LGBTQ+ individuals. More than 4 in 10 respondents are living paycheck to paycheck. Access to affordable healthcare coverage is one crucial step in shrinking the health needs disparities experienced by those in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center has paired up with Pennsylvania's Health Insurance Exchange (Pennie) to assist in getting members of the LGBTQ+ community enrolled in affordable, quality healthcare coverage. Pennie is the state-based healthcare insurance marketplace that takes the place of healthcare.gov, and is the only place to access financial assistance, if eligible.  

Our PENNIE Assisters will be scheduling both in-person and virtual events in order to promote and educate individuals about Pennie and how to obtain insurance through the state-based marketplace. In-person events will occur at LGBTQ+ community-based organizations across Pennsylvania. Virtual events will be hosted in conjunction with these organizations as well. In addition to these scheduled events, Assisters will have availability for one-on-one enrollment help at their “home” location. From browsing to uploading any required documentation, Assisters can help you apply and enroll in a health plan through Pennie.  

The Open Enrollment Period for Pennie is:

November 1, 2021 through January 15, 2022

However, the Special Enrollment Period is any time during the plan year if you qualify for a Qualifying Life Event (e.g. loss of job-based healthcare, turning 26, marriage/divorce).  


Start the process by visiting pennie.com or contact our Healthcare Enrollment Assisters:

Please contact whichever Assister is closest to you.

  • Owen Pudliner (he/him)
    [email protected]
    522 West Maple Street, Allentown, PA 18101
    (484) 838-6145

    Assister Certification #: 5000000135
  • David Celli (he/him)
    [email protected] 
    1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
    (267) 908-4609

    Assister Certification #: 5000000137
  • Jordan Sánchez (they/she)
    [email protected]
    127 Anderson Street, Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
    (412) 679-6344
    Assister Certification #: 5000000194