March 31 Exchange Open Enrollment Deadline Extended With Appeal and Honor System

March 26, 2014 at 9:19 am | Posted in Health Insurance Exchanges | Leave a comment
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The Washington Post is reporting today that the Obama administration will extend the March 31 open enrollment deadline for people who say they tried to sign-up for coverage on the new healthcare exchanges but failed to complete the process on time. “Open enrollment ends March 31,” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in an email Tuesday evening. “We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment – either online or over the phone.” Those that tried to sign up, but missed the March 31 deadline, can appeal for an extension that will allow them to complete the enrollment process into mid-April. An official said the rule change would apply to only a “limited number of situations.” However, the Washington Post report says the appeals process will run on the “honor system,” and that consumers need only claim they tried to sign-up before the deadline to be granted an extension.

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