As Special Obamacare Late-Enrollment Period Begins, So Do More Efforts To Sign People Up
The special sign-up window is being billed as a mechanism to ease the sting of tax penalties for those who didn't obtain health insurace in 2014, but news outlets report that it is unclear how many people are aware of this period, which ends April 30.
The Associated Press:
Cool Reception For New Sign-Up Window Under Health Care Law
Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured. But as the enrollment window reopens, it's unclear how many know about the time-limited opportunity, let alone will take advantage of it. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 3/15)
Pro-Obamacare Groups Make Late-Enrollment Push
The Obama administration and health reform advocates are gearing up for a new push to sign people up for the Affordable Care Act as enrollment reopens on Sunday for a limited time. The so-called “special enrollment period” begins Sunday and ends on April 30. It is designed to fall around tax-filing season, giving people a chance to sign up if they realize only while filing their taxes that they have to pay a penalty for not having insurance. (Sullivan, 3/14)