2021 Special Enrollment Period in response to the COVID-19 Emergency

2021 Special Enrollment Period in response to the COVID-19 Emergency

2021 Special Enrollment Period in response to the COVID-19 Emergency

Affordable Care Act

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) national emergency has presented unprecedented challenges for the American public.  Millions of Americans are facing uncertainty and millions of Americans are experiencing new health problems during the pandemic.  Due to the exceptional circumstances and rapidly changing Public Health Emergency (PHE) impacting millions of people throughout the US every day, many Americans remain uninsured or underinsured and still need affordable health coverage. In accordance with the Executive Order issued today by President Biden, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) determined that the COVID-19 emergency presents exceptional circumstances for consumers in accessing health insurance and will provide a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals and families to apply and enroll in the coverage they need. This SEP will be available to consumers in the 36 states served by Marketplaces that use the HealthCare.gov platform, and CMS will conduct outreach activities to encourage those who are eligible to enroll in health coverage. CMS strongly encourages states operating their own Marketplace platforms to make a similar enrollment opportunity available to consumers in their states. Read More…



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