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What is the Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19?

In 2021, the federal government determined that COVID-19 caused significant challenges for consumers in getting health insurance and declared a Special Open Enrollment Period (SEP) from February 1 to August 15, 2021.

The new COVID-19 SEP allows:

  • Uninsured individuals to enroll in an individual plan;
  • Existing members to change from one individual plan to another;
  • Existing group members to change to an individual plan; and
  • Existing members to add or remove a dependent from their individual policy.

The COVID-19 SEP operates like the Annual Open Enrollment Period, since there is no triggering life event and no supporting documentation required.

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Apr 25,2022