ACA Enrollment Deadline Extended

Justyn Harkin Industry Insights


On the blog last week I wrote a post about the ACA’s March 31 enrollment deadline and what uninsured folks plan to do once it arrives. At the end of the post, I wondered what would happen toward the end of the month–specifically, I wondered whether a reprieve would be in the stars for those who might miss the deadline.

And what do you know? A reprieve has been granted.

I’m >psychic! Ok, maybe not. I don’t know what you’re thinking right now, and I can’t accurately communicate any of your great auntie’s messages from the great beyond, but I will take credit for seeing this coming.

Now that the end of the month is nigh, the Obama administration has announced that it will extend the enrollment deadline to mid-April for those who are unable to finish their applications for coverage.

Fortunately for the 48% of the currently uninsured who are completely unaware of the enrollment deadline in the first place, this extension is going to rely on the honor system. According to reporting from Amy Goldstein in the Washington Post, the government will not try to determine whether a person applying after March 31 is telling the truth.

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