The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the dates for the 2015-2016 open enrollment season, one day after succumbing to pressure and extending the 2015 deadline for millions of Americans unaware of the tax penalties they face being uninsured.
In a letter to the insurers in the federally-facilitated marketplace, CMS stated that the 2015-2016 open enrollment period to purchase a health insurance plan will run from November 1, 2015 until January 31, 2016. While the 2015-2016 dates had not been officially announced on healthcare.gov, it was widely rumored the open enrollment season would begin in October. The one-time extension CMS is now offering on healthcare.gov to those who did not realize they would have to pay a tax penalty will run from March 15 to April 30, 2015. Many states are lining up to follow suit.
HealthCare.com will report more on the current deadline extension as more states decide to join in.