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Special ACA Enrollment Period Extended to Aug. 15

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending until Aug. 15 the special enrollment period for the federal health insurance marketplace, giving consumers more time to view new options introduced through the American Rescue Plan.

Beginning April 1, consumers on healthcare.gov will have access to lower premiums, and some will be able to upgrade to a higher plan category with lower out-of-pocket costs while paying the same or lower premiums than they currently pay. Further savings will be available in early July for those who received or are eligible for unemployment compensation for any week in 2021.

This special enrollment period is available to consumers in the 36 states that use the healthcare.gov platform; it originally was slated to close May 15.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at  eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Julie Kozminski is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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