President Joe Biden is reopening enrollment on the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges as part of two health care executive actions that he signed Thursday, taking a step to help uninsured Americans that former President Donald Trump rejected.
Arkansas has state-based exchanges but uses the federal website for enrollment.
Open enrollment on the federal exchanges, which the Trump administration cut in half to six weeks, ended on December 15. But Biden has the power to reopen sign-ups, which will allow the uninsured to select policies under a special enrollment period.
Biden’s order calls on the Department of Health and Human Services to reopen enrollment on healthcare.gov, which serves 36 states, to those who need coverage from February 15 until May 15. The agency is expected to do so on Thursday, according to a White House official.
UPDATE: The Arkansas Insurance Department confirms the state is covered in this.
Yes, the Special Enrollment Period will be open February 15, 2021 – May 15, 2021. We’ll be putting out a press release with more information in the near future.
The Biden administration is also aiming to strengthen Medicaid. It mentions that Biden seems likely to limit or undo the waiver granted for Arkansas and other states to enforce work requirements as a condition for receiving expanded Medicaid coverage.