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Special Enrollment Period Extended

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Due to the pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) decided to extend the special enrollment period (SEP) through Exchanges on the federal www.HealthCare.gov platform. The SEP was previously extended through March 15, 2021. Now eligible individuals can enroll in Exchange coverage through August 15, 2021.

The SEP is available to those eligible individuals who are submitting a new application or updating an existing application. States with their own Exchange platforms are encouraged to adopt a similar SEP in their own states.

Individuals can visit www.HealthCare.gov to learn if they are eligible. They will have 30 days after they apply to select a plan.

  • Current enrollees can change to any available plan in their area without restriction to the same level of coverage as their current plan.
  • Individuals who are eligible and enroll under this SEP will be able to select a plan with coverage that starts prospectively the first of the month after plan selection.

Starting April 1, 2021, additional premium cost savings is available through www.HealthCare.gov, as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act. These lower premium costs may allow individuals to enroll in a higher-level plan at the same cost. Also starting in early July, those who are eligible for unemployment compensation for any week during 2021 may be eligible for additional cost savings through the Exchange.

Download the bulletin for more details.

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Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe

Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization, or providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”