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.