Guidance ending Special Enrollment Periods for 2017

CMS issues guidance ending special enrollment periods for coverage during calendar year 2017.

Document Excerpt

Consistent with our practice in prior years, as of April 1, 2018, CMS is no longer accepting new requests for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that would enable consumers to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) with 2017 coverage effective dates through the Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs), including FFEs where States perform plan management functions, or State-based Exchanges that rely on the Federal Platform to support eligibility and enrollment functions. SEP requests for 2017 coverage that were received on or before March 31, 2018 may be processed by CMS after April 1, 2018. However, as of April 1, 2018, all new SEP requests to CMS seeking 2017 coverage, with the exception of SEPs issued as a result of an eligibility appeal described below, will be given a coverage effective date no earlier than January 1, 2018, if eligible for retroactive coverage.


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