Special Enrollment for COVID-19 2021

2021 Special Enrollment in Response to COVID-19

There is a special enrollment period for 2021 in response to COVID-19. Special enrollment in HealthCare.Gov runs from February 15, 2021 to May 15, 2021.[1]

To apply during special enrollment simply visit HealthCare.Gov or call a CMS-approved broker. Learn more about signing up and check cost assistance eligibility and amounts.

2021 Special Enrollment Dates

  • February 15, 2021: Special Enrollment begins.
  • May 15, 2021: Special Enrollment ends.

There are no known extensions at this time.

2021 Special Enrollment in the Other States

This special enrollment period applies to the 36 states that use HealthCare.Gov. States that don’t use HealthCare.Gov are being strongly encouraged to create similar enrollment opportunities as well. Check your state’s website (you can find this through HealthCare.Gov by selecting your state), as most states are extending enrollment!

Why Is There a Special Enrollment Period?

This special enrollment is a result of an executive order to be signed by President Biden. It is a response to the coronavirus pandemic and a push to make sure more Americans have access to affordable quality healthcare.

What is Special Enrollment?

Special enrollment is a time outside of the normal open enrollment period for healthcare where you can sign up for coverage with cost assistance. Most special enrollment periods are triggered due to qualifying life events of a person, but the government can also create special enrollment periods.


  1. 2021 Special Enrollment Period in response to the COVID-19 Emergency. CMS.Gov.

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