Cancer patients have faced unique challenges in access to care, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancer care can make these challenges more difficult to manage, especially for uninsured patients and their caregivers. The Federal government has recognized the need to provide insurance opportunities by mandating a special enrollment period for Federally run Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans from February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021. Although this is not applicable to state run ACA plans, states are being encouraged to match the Federal extended insurance enrollment period. Click here for a list of states with Federally facilitated ACA plans.
The order affects people in three dozen states that rely on the federal marketplaces. They do not directly affect residents of states that run their own ACA insurance exchanges, but the White House official predicted that those states — many of which reopened their marketplaces early in the pandemic — will follow suit.
Other parts of the order will direct federal agencies to review several sets of federal rules to promote access to health care. They will focus on any that undermine consumer protections for people with preexisting medical conditions or make it more difficult to enroll in Medicaid or to purchase an ACA health plan.
- Health Insurance Sign Up Guide - The New York Times, The Upshot, November 2020
- Out of work? Here’s what you need to know about getting health insurance - CNBC, July, 2020
- LLS Advocacy