Coronavirus Special Enrollment Dates and Deadlines

Some states have extended special enrollment due to coronavirus under ObamaCare. Here is a list of states with extended enrollment and coronavirus special enrollment dates and deadlines.

As of March 22, 2020 the following 12 states have extended ObamaCare enrollment due to Coronavirus:[1]

Other states may soon follow.

FACT: The Trump administration was considering extending this to states that use the federal marketplace HealthCare.Gov, however the Trump administration has rejected the idea of expanded special enrollment. We will keep you updated.

NOTE: Both DC and NM are requiring insurers to waive cost-sharing for treatment of non-COVID respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and influenza. Check your state’s exchange for other COVID-19 benefits using the links above. For a full list of state actions on coronavirus, see KFF’s “State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus.”

NOTE*: DC’s special enrollment period was not adopted in response to coronavirus, but is open to a broad group of people, including those who are uninsured.

TIP: For coronavirus special enrollment (COVID-19) start date for coverage depends on the date of enrollment. If you enroll by the 15th day of the month, coverage will start on the first day of the next month. Otherwise it starts the 1st of the month after.

Article Citations
  1. State Data and Policy Actions to Address Coronavirus.

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