President Barack Obama’s administration said on April 15 that Americans who didn’t sign up for insurance benefits by midnight that day would not be able to do so until the next open enrollment period, according to The Wall Street Journal.
While some state-run exchanges have said they will remain open until a certain time, the official push-back date for enrollment in private health plan coverage passed on April 15. Only those with difficult cases or who had alterations in their circumstances still qualify to enroll, the Journal reported. However, most people who were in line for coverage at the end of the open enrollment period on March 31 have finished their applications.
“I’d say the vast majority have been able to finish what they started,” Jason Conner, health-exchange access team manager at Borinquen Health Care Center in Florida, told the newspaper.
Even with open enrollment now over, it will still be some time before we can see how many people are paying their premiums and actually have coverage. An NPR blog noted many of these things won’t be determined for awhile.