NEWSLETTER — COVID-19 crisis calls for federal special enrollment period

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) and its member companies are developing real-time solutions to secure the health and safety of their communities during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.

To ensure continuity and access to coverage in this uncertain time, ACHP advocates for a federal Special Enrollment Period (SEP) during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

In a recent Modern Healthcare op-ed, ACHP President & CEO Ceci Connolly and Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) CEO Meg Murray highlight why establishing a SEP is vital to expanding coverage for the uninsured and underinsured:

Being uninsured is more than just a source of personal anxiety. In a time of pandemic, being uninsured is a threat to public health…

That is why our two organizations last month asked the Trump administration to establish a special enrollment period during the COVID-19 national emergency, opening individual market coverage to anyone who needs it. And absent action by the administration we urge Congress to take this simple, consequential step to help flatten and bend the curve of the deadly virus nationwide…

Our member health plans stand ready to extend coverage and give peace of mind to more than 28 million of our neighbors, friends and family members who do not have any health insurance—and the millions more who are underinsured.

Read the complete op-ed here.

Additionally, ACHP urged Congressional leaders to expand the Health Care Tax Credits (HCTC) Program to cover displaced workers and create a Medicaid Stabilization Fund to expand coverage, among other requests. See more here.