Special ACA enrollment period ends Aug. 15

HHS and CMS push a “Summer Sprint to Coverage”
Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 3:27 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - With one month to go before a special enrollment period ends, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are reminding people they can still sign up for health care through the federal exchange. They’re calling it a “Summer Sprint to Coverage.”

Shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden announced a special enrollment period from Feb. 15 to May 15. It was later extended to Aug. 15.

The American Rescue Plan also changed who is eligible for tax credits that can help lower monthly premiums. Some may even qualify for no premium. Click here to see if you’ll be able to save money with the changes.

“The American Rescue Plan really provided such significant financial savings for the American people,” CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure told the Gray Television Washington News Bureau.

Brooks-LaSaure says more than 2 million people have signed up since the special enrollment period began. She is making a push to get even more people to sign up over the next 30 days, including those in minority communities.

“I had the pleasure of being in Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago in Cherokee Nation and hearing how many people have enrolled in their new Medicaid expansion. We have so many opportunities to enroll in marketplace coverage,” she said.

Brooks-LaSure says, even if you signed up during open enrollment last year, log on again to see if any of the changes benefit you.

Log on to or call 1-800-318-2596.

If you need help signing up, you can find a certified navigator nearby.

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