Throughout his first presidential run, Donald Trump promised to completely get rid of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Now, four years later his administration is looking to create a special enrollment period for Obamacare coverage due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, according to a CMS spokesperson.
While most states use the federal marketplace overseen by the Trump administration, HealthCare.gov, major health insurance lobbies on Friday said they would support reopening enrollment in Obamacare markets if the government covered anticipated losses.
According to Politico, “Some insurers feared getting saddled with huge costs if many coronavirus patients signed up for coverage.”
Politico also reported:
The insurer lobbies, America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, called on Congress this week to include funding in the upcoming coronavirus stimulus package to offset potential losses from covering more people.
A spokesperson for CMS, which oversees the insurance marketplaces, suggested that people should attempt to check HealthCare.gov to see if they qualify for a special enrollment due to the coronavirus job layoffs.