State-based Affordable Care Act (ACA) public exchange programs and managers of HealthCare.gov appear to be playing a game of COVID-19 special enrollment period chicken.
The administration of President Donald Trump has decided against creating a COVID-19 special enrollment period for HealthCare.gov. Trump said Friday, at a White House press conference, that the government will pay cash directly to hospitals, rather than spending extra to help uninsured people sign up for health coverage through HeatlhCare.gov.
Meanwhile, managers of some state-based ACA public exchange programs are expanding existing COVID-19 special enrollment periods.
Connect for Health Colorado has pushed its COVID-19 special enrollment period to April 30, from April 3.
The Connecticut ACA public exchange program, Access Health CT, has extended its COVID-19 special enrollment period to April 17, from April 2.
Your Health Idaho is the only state-based exchange that has not created a COVID-19 special enrollment period.
Idaho insurance regulators have argued that a special enrollment period is unnecessary in Idaho because two insurers offer “enhanced short-term medical insurance” on a guaranteed-issue basis year-round in Idaho..