9 in 10 states fail in healthcare price transparency, study finds
March 26, 2014
New deadline for people who’ve encountered sign-up problems
March 28, 2014
Show all

White House pushes back open enrollment deadline

Despite statements to the contrary, the White House recently announced it will delay the March 31 open enrollment deadline after all.

Federal officials confirmed on March 25 that for those people who still don’t have health insurance benefits, they’ll be able to buy health plans through the exchanges even after the end of March and not incur a penalty, The Washington Post reported. Now, individuals who don’t have insurance have until mid-April to get covered.

This news comes after representatives of President Barack Obama’s administration said a delay “would not happen,” which White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer told NBC’s “Meet The Press” in February. Additionally, in congressional testimony, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius informed the House Ways and Means Committee that the March 31 deadline would not be pushed back.

The reason for the latest delay are continued problems with HealthCare.gov. The Post reported people are still having trouble enrolling through the site, several months removed from the rollout of the federally facilitated marketplace.

Julie Bataille, director of communications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the newspaper that exchange workers are ready and willing to help anyone who’s having trouble by talking them through the process.

Share this:
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *