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SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR HEALTH INSURANCE BEGAN FEB. 15

Special Enrollment Period for Health Insurance Began Feb. 15


BISMARCK, N.D. – Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread today urged North Dakotans to take advantage of the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for health insurance coverage on the federally run health care exchange if they are currently without insurance. In accordance with the Executive Order issued by President Biden, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the SEP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Feb. 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021, this SEP will be open to all exchange-eligible consumers who are submitting a new application or updating an existing application.


“This enrollment period is for those individuals who currently do not have health insurance or are seeking to change their individual health insurance coverage,” Godfread said. “As with any open enrollment period, it is important to understand your options. If you qualify for subsidized health insurance, then you must shop on HealthCare.gov, however, if you do not qualify for a subsidy, it will be important to talk with a licensed agent to better understand your options."


The COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of Americans facing uncertainty. Consumers are also encouraged to contact a local, licensed insurance agent to better understand their coverage options during this SEP. Coverage will begin the first day of the month following the date of plan enrollment.


This information was required from the North Dakota Insurance Department Immediate release published on Feb. 10, 2021.


For more information, visit insurance.nd.gov or contact the Insurance Department at (701) 328-2440.


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