Health Affairs April 7, 2021
On April 7, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its second enrollment snapshot for the COVID-19 special enrollment period (SEP) in the 36 states that use HealthCare.gov. This SEP began on February 15 and was authorized following an executive order from President Biden. The SEP is broad, meaning any qualifying consumer can enroll in coverage through HealthCare.gov or change their current plan by updating an existing application.
To date, more than 528,000 people have enrolled in coverage during the SEP. This includes more than 206,000 consumers who newly selected a plan in February 2021 and the additional 322,000 consumers who newly selected a plan in March 2021.
Overall, SEP enrollment through HealthCare.gov continues to be much higher—2.5 to 3 times higher—relative to the same six-week period in 2020 (209,000)...