The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a trends report that provides data on the number of individuals who signed up for coverage on HealthCare.gov through a special enrollment period (SEP) during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the economic disruption that followed COVID-19 outbreaks, many consumers experienced life changes—particularly related to employment—that allowed them to enroll in health coverage through the exchange. Enrollment data for April and May of this year show that thousands of Americans who lost job-based coverage due to COVID-19 are taking advantage of existing SEPs to enroll in coverage.
“As Americans consider their health insurance options during this crisis and as the country re-opens, CMS will continue to provide assistance to help inform those choices. CMS strongly encourages individuals to visit HealthCare.gov to explore their coverage options,” according to CMS.
To view the Special Trends Report, visit: https://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Forms-Reports-and-Other-Resources/Downloads/SEP-Report-June-2020.pdf