Healthcare’s March enrollment period offers possible extension

There may be more time for applicants looking to enroll in government healthcare, and that could offer relief for your exchange.

After all of that campaigning to get young Americans to sign up for federal health insurance before the end of March, it seems that the president is giving some more time for new entrants to the national healthcare program.

Previously, as mentioned in various announcements and ad campaigns, the deadline was the end of this month, March 31st. But now, as the Washington Post notes, an exception has appeared for applicants who haven't completed the process yet.

These individuals can request extra time to finish applying, and that reportedly counts as late as the middle of April. But that doesn't mean that the "open enrollment" period has changed.

In fact, as Joanne Peters of the Department of Health and Human Services was quoted in Reuters from an official statement. In it, she seems to be emphasizing that this isn't a substitute for the standard means of applying, and that the original rules still hold. It might also be a welcome delay considering how overwhelmed some exchanges have been.

"We are preparing for a surge in enrollment, and if consumers are in line on the 31st and can't finish, we won't shut the door on them," she said. "To be clear, if you don't have health insurance and do not start to sign up by the deadline, you can't get coverage again until next year."

The compliance consulting services offered by LW Consulting can help you understand the best strategy for the patient registration progress, as this will most likely hinge on very specific factors for your practice as more patients sign up and start considering more extensive options of care.

2 thoughts on “Healthcare’s March enrollment period offers possible extension

  1. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say great blog!

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