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Lawmakers Seek Reopening of Obamacare Exchanges
Say COVID-19 Demands Special Enrollment Period
"COVID-19 is the biggest public health and economic crisis our country has ever faced," said
"Now, more than ever, it is vital that our neighbors be able to secure health insurance, especially to cover costs associated with treatment and testing for coronavirus," said Velazquez. "Sadly, in crises like these, the most vulnerable often suffer the greatest hardship. No one should be dissuaded from seeking treatment or testing for coronavirus due to costs. Given the unprecedented public health crisis facing the nation, it only makes sense to let more people enroll and obtain affordable care."
Several states that operate their own exchanges have already opened special enrollments, allowing those without insurance to purchase a plan even without a life changing event, the usual requirement. Those states include
The letter with a list of all signatories is online at: https://velazquez.house.gov/sites/velazquez.house.gov/files/OpenEnrollmentLetter040320.pdf. The text is below.
Dear Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma:
We write to you today with grave concerns regarding your administration's recent decision not to reopen the state-level health insurance exchanges run by the federal government. Yesterday, the
According to the
The federal government has opened special enrollment periods in the past during previous declared major disasters or emergencies, claiming exceptional circumstances. On
Medical costs are already a common concern in the
Thank you for your attention to this critical issue and we look forward to your response.