California Healthline | January 13, 2016

January 13, 2016

Obama Admin To Update Rules for ACA Special Enrollment Periods

On Monday, the Obama administration announced it will tighten the requirements for special enrollment periods, which allow U.S. residents to enroll in health coverage through the federal exchange outside of the Affordable Care Act's regular open enrollment period, the Wall Street Journal reports (Armour/Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal, 1/12).

Meanwhile, consumer advocates said they have not seen any evidence suggesting individuals are misusing the special enrollment periods. Christine Speidel, a lawyer at Vermont Legal Aid, said, "Most consumers are confused by the rules on special enrollment periods and do not understand the system well enough to try to game it."