2021 SPECIAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE COVERAGE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15
News Release from DCCA, Apr 6, 2021
HONOLULU — Hawai‘i residents are encouraged to take advantage of new savings for health insurance through the American Rescue Plan after President Biden announced the extension of a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Marketplace coverage until August 15.
“The additional three months will give the public more time to assess their insurance needs as their financial situation evolves due to COVID-19. It also gives them the opportunity to enroll in a plan that provides the coverage they need at a potentially lower cost. I encourage our consumers to visit HealthCare.gov to sign up for a plan before August 15,” said Insurance Commissioner Colin Hayashida.
“Residents who need affordable health insurance and who do not qualify for Medicaid coverage should visit the Marketplace website to apply and enroll in a plan,” shared Department of Human Services Director, Cathy Betts. “The federal marketplace enrollment system is linked to Hawai‘i’s Medicaid enrollment system. This enables applicants to find affordable health insurance, and if they are likely to be Medicaid eligible, Marketplace applications will automatically be referred to Medicaid for coverage.”
Individuals and families now have more time to access the SEP and enroll in Marketplace coverage with the increased tax credits to reduce their premiums. Current enrollees who wish to change plans in response to the availability of increased tax credits should submit an application update on or after April 1 to receive an updated eligibility determination.
Consumers will save, on average, $50 per person per month and $85 per policy per month. About one out of four enrollees on HeathCare.gov will be able to upgrade to a higher plan category that offers better out of pocket costs at the same or lower premium compared to what they’re paying today.
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Hawaii Residents Encouraged to Review 2021 Special Enrollment Period for Comprehensive Health Insurance Coverage
News Release from DCCA, Feb 8, 2021
HONOLULU — The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Insurance Division is encouraging Hawaii residents to visit HealthCare.gov, following President Biden’s Executive Order that provides a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Health Insurance Marketplace coverage.
Starting on February 15, 2021, and continuing through May 15, 2021, HealthCare.gov will make a SEP available in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Consumers who are submitting a new application or updating an existing application can access the special enrollment through HealthCare.gov or the Marketplace call center at (800) 318-2596.
“It’s been almost year since a public health emergency was declared due to COVID-19 and the emergency continues. As we continue to tackle this pandemic, it is more critical than ever to ensure that Hawaii’s uninsured and underinsured have access to affordable healthcare,” said Insurance Commissioner Colin Hayashida. “This special enrollment period allows individuals and families a chance to get comprehensive health insurance coverage if they qualify.”
This SEP opportunity will not involve any new application questions or require consumers to provide any new information not otherwise required to determine eligibility and enroll in coverage. In addition, consumers will not need to provide any documentation of a qualifying event (e.g., loss of a job or birth of a child), which is typically required for SEP eligibility.
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The Hawaii Insurance Division regulates the Hawaii insurance industry, issues licenses; examines the fiscal condition of Hawaii-based companies; reviews rate and policy filings; and investigates insurance related complaints.
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