As directed in an executive order from President Joe Biden, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Feb. 15 opened a special enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace available to consumers in the 36 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform. The special enrollment period will continue through May 15.
The enrollment period is meant to allow individuals and families to enroll in the health coverage they need and potentially qualify for financial assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All plans on federal marketplace cover essential health benefits and the majority of beneficiaries receive financial help.
Further, CMS is launching an outreach program with stakeholders to ensure communities are aware of the special enrollment period. The campaign, which launched Feb. 15 in conjunction with the enrollment period, is directed toward those who are uninsured and groups that historically have experienced lower access to health coverage and greater disparities in health outcomes.
Consumers can visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov to view 2021 plans and prices, determine whether they qualify for a premium subsidy, and enroll in a health plan. Additionally, consumers can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1.800.318.2596, which provides assistance in more than 150 languages.