CMS to extend ACA signup window for those losing Medicaid coverage

CMS will extend a special enrollment period for ACA coverage with the goal of getting more people losing Medicaid insured. 

The agency will extend a temporary special enrollment period for people who have lost Medicaid coverage to enroll in ACA plans to Nov. 30, according to a March 28 news release from HHS. The enrollment period previously was set to end July 31. 

According to KFF, at least 19.2 million people have been disenrolled from Medicaid since March  2023, when continuous enrollment provisions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic ended. Seven in 10 of those disenrolled had their coverage terminated due to procedural reasons, rather than being determined no longer eligible for the program. 

As of December 2023, just 2.4 million people disenrolled from Medicaid had enrolled in ACA coverage, according to CMS data. 

"The actions we are announcing today, like those we have taken over the past year, demonstrate that HHS is committed to ensuring Medicaid and CHIP coverage for all who are eligible. We are helping those who will now qualify for Marketplace coverage obtain it," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in the news release. 

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