People who don’t have enough health insurance coverage through their jobs can now sign up via government insurance markets. President Joe Biden last month ordered the markets that ended their annual enrollment periods in December to reopen. The new window could be useful for people who recently lost their coverage or couldn’t find a plan last year. Experts have said the number of uninsured people has risen during the pandemic because of layoffs.
The President’s order applies to 36 insurance markets run through the federal government’s platform at healthcare.gov.But nearly all states that run their own marketplaces will offer a similar extended window through May. People who don’t have coverage but recently developed a health problem and want better access to care could also use the opportunity. It also could help those who have insurance but may want a new plan because it doesn’t cover their doctors or prescriptions as expected when they signed up.