Statement on New Tax Season Special Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 20, 2015

Washington, DC – Today the Department of Health and Human Services announced a new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for consumers who find out while filing their taxes that they will owe a fine for failing to carry health insurance. Enroll America President Anne Filipic released the following statement on the new SEP:

“This new special enrollment period that aligns with the tax-filing season is great news for consumers. Many consumers still don’t know that financial help is available to purchase a plan, and they may not learn about the fine for those who don’t have coverage until they are filing their taxes. It just makes sense to give these uninsured consumers a chance to purchase insurance right away, rather than making them wait another year to get covered. We know that tax season is an important moment to answer questions and connect consumers to coverage, which is why we – along with many other in the enrollment coalition – have called for the creation of a tax season SEP; we’re thrilled that the Department of Health and Human Services has taken this important step for consumers.”

Enroll America previously discussed the importance of a tax season SEP in official comments HHS to here, as well as in a column here.

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