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Health Insurance Special Enrollment Period (SEP) In Response to COVID-19 Starts February 15, 2021

By Mark Bailey, Jr.
Updated February 9, 2021
Originally published February 8, 2021

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President Joe Biden has signed two executive actions to strengthen Americans’ access to affordable health care. Among the actions is an executive order aimed at expanding enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, and a memorandum rescinding regulations on reproductive health access.

Biden’s executive order on health care access is aimed to increase access to the Health Insurance Marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will open a “Special Enrollment Period” in the Marketplace from Feb. 15 through May 15.

According to the White House, this three-month enrollment period is intended to “give Americans that need health care coverage during this global pandemic the opportunity to sign up.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says “consumers who are eligible and enroll under this SEP will be able to select a plan with coverage that starts prospectively the first of the month after plan selection.  Consumers will have 30 days after they submit their application to choose a plan. Current enrollees will be able to change to any available plan in their area without restriction to the same level of coverage as their current plan.”

As always, our team of local health insurance advisors are here to help you sort through your coverage options with this Special Enrollment Period and get enrolled. To start the process, click or tap the Start a Quote button on our website, call 904.671.0511 or email

Mark Bailey, Jr. is in charge of all things marketing and communication at The Bailey Group. He is an avid Jaguars fan and loves to spend his free time learning new ways to use technology to automate tasks to get more done.