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Democratic Attorneys General Call on Federal Government to Open Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance on HealthCare.Gov

  • A coalition of 22 Democratic AGs, led by California AG Xavier Becerra and North Carolina AG Josh Stein, wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma urging them to reconsider their decision to deny a special enrollment period on HealthCare.Gov during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The letter argues that the special enrollment period is necessary to make it possible for millions of Americans who have lost their jobs as a consequence of the COVID-19-related stay-at-home orders to obtain health care coverage.
  • The letter also points out that the current crisis requires federal action because, while some states run independent exchanges and can institute their own special enrollment periods, 38 states do not, relying instead on HealthCare.Gov to run their exchanges.