February 16, 2021

enrollment

New enrollment window opens for health insurance shoppers

Health insurance shoppers stuck in a bad plan or unable to find coverage have a new option for help.

A sign-up window opened Monday for government insurance markets and runs through May 15 in most states. It’s available for people who don’t have coverage through work, and it is expected to make finding a plan less of a hassle for those who lost a job.

THE DETAILS

President Joe Biden last month ordered government health insurance markets that ended their annual enrollment periods in December to reopen. The Affordable Care Act created state-based insurance markets for people to buy individual

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Biden’s special health insurance enrollment varies by state

WASHINGTON – Millions of Americans have a special opportunity to sign up for government-subsidized health insurance, but residents of two states – Connecticut and Idaho – had better act fast.

Though President Joe Biden directed the federally run HealthCare.gov to reopen enrollment from Feb. 15 through May 15, the 14 states that operate their own insurance exchanges don’t have to go along.

Connecticut’s special enrollment period is scheduled to end March 15, although it could be extended.

Idaho, the last state to decide whether to participate, announced Monday that enrollment won’t begin until March 1 and will end March 31.

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