Hey, I attest that I was in line ….. since Thanksgiving. Does that mean I can wait until I’m sick to enroll or perhaps I will wait just long enough to avoid tax penalty?
Oh my, this administration’s handling of all this is beyond a joke. Everyone knew from the start there would be a crush in the last few days before the deadline, it happens every year when employers hold their open enrollment. Just extend the deadline a couple of weeks already instead of playing these stupid games with unenforceable rules.
Wait, a straightforward extension would be politically incorrect and an admission they didn’t know what they were doing; better to make it complicated with the appearance of apathy for a few. I bet the insurers are delighted with all this incompetence and delay.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday expanded the list of people who could sign up for health insurance after the deadline, announcing “special enrollment periods” for legal immigrants, victims of domestic violence and tens of thousands of people who experienced various problems trying to complete their applications for coverage.
Administration officials said that the expected surge in applications ahead of next week’s deadline to sign up for coverage had led to high traffic on the federal insurance website, which “could potentially keep consumers from completing the enrollment process despite their efforts to meet the deadline” at 11:59 p.m. Monday.
“Any consumer who comes in after April 1 will have to attest to the fact that they were in line and eligible to continue their enrollment,” said Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is running the federal insurance exchange. “We are not going to shut the door on those people who want coverage and have come in and tried to get it.”
The White House outlined the new policy in informal guidance that appears to give federal officials and caseworkers vast discretion to grant or deny requests for special enrollment periods.