- Last week of open enrollment is here: Monday, March 31, is the last day to buy 2014 coverage! Medicaid enrollment continues year-round.
- Some marketplaces exploring options for consumers to complete enrollment after March 31:
- Maryland has created a hotline consumers can use by March 31 to tell the state they are trying to enroll and then get help completing their enrollment.
- Minnesota is allowing consumers who have taken steps to enroll or submitted an Enrollment Attempt Form to complete the enrollment process after March 31.
- Nevada is allowing consumers who have attempted to enroll an additional 60 days to complete their enrollment.
- Vermont is offering retroactive coverage and tax credits through their marketplace for consumers with an application in process when open enrollment ends.
- Amended tax credit rule for married domestic violence survivors: The U.S. Department of Treasury is fixing a rule that inadvertently prevented some domestic violence survivors from getting premium tax credits through the marketplaces. The rule had required all married couples to file jointly to get tax credits, which stopped some consumers, who live and file taxes separately from their abusive spouse but have not been able to get an official divorce, from obtaining tax credits. The new rule will exempt married domestic violence survivors from the joint filing requirement.
- Federally facilitated marketplaces (FFMs) draw high consumer interest: HealthCare.gov and the FFM call center have both been experiencing high volumes this past week, including hundreds of thousands of visits and calls in one day.
- Robust outreach and education efforts: Celebrities and Obama administration officials are continuing to make the pitch to get covered and using March Madness as a hook to reach uninsured consumers. State-based marketplaces are proving resourceful, with Minnesota pulling in a local Oscar nominee to help with outreach and Rhode Island helping parents “nag” their children through social media to get covered. On the enrollment assistance front, the Latino enrollment summit series is plowing ahead and DC is holding enrollment happy hours.