Marketplace Special Enrollment Period is Available Feb. 15 – May 15
President Joe Biden has signed two executive actions to strengthen Americans’ access to affordable health care. Among the actions is an executive order aimed at expanding enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, and a document rescinding regulations on reproductive health access.
Ultimately, the order on health care access will increase access to the Health Insurance Marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will open a “Special Enrollment Period” in the Marketplace from Feb. 15 through May 15 in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
What Does This Mean for You?
This executive action affects people who need healthcare coverage, by opening up the marketplace for people to enroll from February 15 – May 15. For example, if an eligible person wants to make a change to their current marketplace plan or if they missed the previous open enrollment, they would be allowed to change or enroll in coverage during this period.
How Does it Apply to Agencies?
Additionally, Biden’s executive order will direct federal agencies to reconsider rules and policies that could limit Americans’ access to health care. The White House wants agencies to reexamine:
- Policies that undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions, including complications related to COVID-19
- Demonstrations and waivers under Medicaid and the ACA that may reduce coverage or undermine the programs, including work requirements
- Policies that undermine the Health Insurance Marketplace or other markets for health insurance
- Insurance policies that make it more difficult to enroll in Medicaid and the ACA
- Policies that reduce the affordability of coverage or financial assistance, including for dependents.
Thams Agency will keep you updated on any noteworthy health care and employee benefits changes. Please contact us today for additional health care questions and resources.
- The official executive order
- The official press release