U.S. House and Senate Notification
Date: February 12, 2021
To: Congressional Health Staff
From: Office of Legislation
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Re: 2021 Special Enrollment Period for Marketplace Coverage Starts on HealthCare.gov Monday, February 15
Today, in accordance with the Executive Order, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing that the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for the Health Insurance Marketplace will be available to consumers in the 36 states that use the HealthCare.gov platform on Monday, February 15, and will continue through Saturday, May 15. At least 13 states plus the District of Columbia, which operate their own Marketplace platforms, have decided to offer a similar opportunity.
CMS intends to release data on consumer activities during the SEP for each month as consumers apply and enroll in coverage. The first report is anticipated in early March, which will cover consumers who applied and enrolled through this SEP in February and have coverage starting March 1. CMS intends to release a report for each month, February, March, and April shortly after the month ends and then a final report after May 15 covering the full period.
Beginning Monday, February 15, consumers who want to access the SEP to enroll in coverage and see if they qualify for financial help to reduce the cost of monthly premiums, can visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov to view 2021 plans and prices and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs. Additionally, consumers can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, which provides assistance in over 150 languages. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Consumers can also find a local assister or agent/broker in their area by visiting: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.
To view a press release about this announcement, visit: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2021/02/12/2021-special-enrollment-period-marketplace-coverage-starts-healthcaregov.html.
To view a fact sheet about this SEP, visit: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/2021-special-enrollment-period-response-covid-19-emergency
For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace®, visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/quick-guide/getting-marketplace-health-insurance/