Biden Announces ACA Special Enrollment Period

January 27, 2021

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joe Biden plans to reopen the federal-run insurance website Healthcare.gov to aid millions of Americans with a special enrollment period.

Biden will announce the rollout date for sign-ups for Obamacare on Thursday, January 28. The special enrollment period may last for one to two months.

Those previously qualified for ACA coverage last year may enroll for a limited time.

In order to take advantage of this special enrollment period, individuals must show documentation that they qualify.

Millions of Americans are said to be already qualified for signing up outside the window for end-of-year enrollment period, due to loss of workplace coverage. Other reasons for extension are getting married, having a baby, etc.

Job losses and economic recession led to thousands of Americans signing up for plan selections by late June of 2020. Marketplace enrollment has not increased due to the minor decrease in employer-sponsored coverage.

“…People who lose their jobs more often qualify for Medicaid, which covers people under 133 percent of the federal poverty level, depending on the state. Enrollment in the program expanded considerably last year, growing 8.6 percent between February and September.”

-The Washington Post

Biden is expected to rollout funding for advertising and enrollment for Healthcare.gov to better assist Americans in need.

Information provided by The Washington Post

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