CMS announces extension to open enrollment period

The White House has introduced a host of plans to expand coverage for Americans.

The Biden administration has taken steps to expand healthcare outreach to those in need. The programs will take place through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),

An extended open-enrollment period will kick off on Nov. 1, 2021, and run until Jan. 15, 2022 on HealthCare.gov.

CMS will also relaunch its “Champions for Coverage” program, which is comprised of over 1,000 local organizations committed to healthcare outreach and education.

“We’re continuing to answer the clear call from the American public for affordable, accessible care,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden-Harris Administration has already made historic investments to help connect communities to coverage. By continuing to build a policy framework that can support this momentum, we’re also building back better for communities in need.”

In addition, a special monthly enrollment period for low-income patients is also in the works. The program, funded by the American Rescue Plan, is led by industry experts who will answer questions and explain the extent of benefits, among other things. Those who are eligible will have access to free or very low-cost plans.

“Health care is a basic human right, and the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to making health coverage more accessible than ever. With the Affordable Care Act and the American Rescue Plan, the President has brought affordable health coverage to millions—many of whom now have insurance for the first time,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “Today’s action to extend the Open Enrollment Period by a month, to continue our investment in local health care Navigators, and to establish a special enrollment period for many low-income people further demonstrates our commitment to connect families to coverage.”