Federal Officials Clarify Rules On Getting New Health Coverage After A Move

(By – Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News)

After the open enrollment period ends on Sunday for buying coverage on the health insurance marketplaces, people can generally sign up for or switch marketplace plans only if they have certain major life changes, such as losing their on-the-job coverage or getting married. Following insurance industry criticism, last week the federal government said it will scrutinize people’s applications for such “special enrollment periods” more closely, including one of the most commonly cited reasons — relocating to a new state.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidelines to help consumers and those who assist them in enrolling understand what qualifies as a permanent relocation versus a temporary one. Read more…

 

Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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