Several States Start To Reopen Health Insurance Marketplaces

Plans in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are central to President Joe Biden’s covid-relief strategy and aim to help people who lost their jobs after the original enrollment periods.


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Health Insurance Marketplaces Reopening In Pa., N.J. To Help With COVID-19 Relief


Pennsylvania will reopen its health insurance marketplace, dubbed Pennie, for a special enrollment period Feb. 15 through May 15 to allow people affected by the coronavirus pandemic to select a new plan. The move is in line with President Joe Biden’s decision to reopen the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov, as part of his COVID-19 relief efforts. New Jersey’s marketplace, Get Covered NJ, will also remain open through May 15. (Gantz, 2/3)

In news from Maine, North Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana —

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Biden to reopen health insurance marketplace for special enrollment period

President Biden will be reopening the Affordable Care Act’s online health insurance marketplace for a special enrollment period of three months, the White House has announced.



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The White House on Thursday said Biden will sign an executive order allowing Americans to sign up for health insurance via HealthCare.gov from Feb. 15 through May. 15, Reuters reports.

“This special enrollment period will give Americans that need health care coverage during this global pandemic the opportunity to sign up,” the White House said.

Open enrollment on the health insurance exchange for those who aren’t insured through their employer would previously only be for six weeks, and the most recent period ended in December, CNN reports. Exceptions are made for those with major life changes, The Washington Post notes.

According to The New York Times, this special enrollment period

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Biden to reopen online health insurance marketplaces

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on tackling climate change prior to signing executive orders in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden will reopen the nation’s online health insurance marketplace for people who cannot obtain coverage through their employers, the White House said on Thursday.

Biden, who took office last week, will restore access to healthcare.gov with an executive order on Thursday afternoon, the latest in a blizzard of moves by the Democratic president to quickly reverse the policies of his Republican predecessor Donald Trump.

The order will allow people to sign up for insurance through the government exchange from Feb. 15 to May 15, the White House said in a policy fact sheet. The program is normally accessible for just six weeks a year.

The action was expected. Biden has vowed to

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