WASHINGTON (AP) — Tthe Obama administration has announced a schedule change for the 2015 exchange open enrollment season.
Enrollment for 2015 coverage will start on Nov. 15, 2014, a month later than originally scheduled, and finish on Jan. 15, 2015, about five weeks later than originally scheduled.
The midterm congressional elections are Nov. 4, and congressional Republicans accused the administration of shifting the dates for political reasons, to hide a spike in 2015 premiums.
This year, open enrollment started Oct. 1.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called the date change a “cynical political move.”
“If premiums go through the roof in the first year of Obamacare, no one will know about it until after the election,” Grassley said.
If next year follows the same pattern as this year, there could be plenty of rate information available about 2015 premiums before the election.