The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule which, among other things, amends the timing of the annual Health Insurance Marketplace ("Marketplace") open enrollment period for the 2018 plan year and modifies the rules for Marketplace special enrollment periods.
New Individual Marketplace Open Enrollment Period
The final rule changes the dates for open enrollment in the individual Marketplace for the 2018 plan year to November 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017 (consistent with the open enrollment period dates previously established for plan years starting in 2019 and beyond).
The previously established open enrollment period for the 2018 plan year was scheduled to run from November 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018.
Accordingly, this change will require individuals to enroll in coverage prior to the beginning of the year, unless they are eligible for a special enrollment period.
Modifications to Individual Marketplace Special Enrollment Periods
The final rule also makes the following modifications to Marketplace special enrollment period rules:
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