More Proof Required To Sign Up During Special Enrollment Periods
The Obama administration is tightening the rules about customers entering the federal exchanges after the open enrollment period following an outcry from insurers. In other national news, the Senate confirms Robert Califf as Food And Drug Administration commissioner.
The New York Times:
Proof Needed To Enroll In Health Plan Post-Deadline
People who want to buy health insurance in the federal marketplace outside the annual open enrollment period will now have to provide documents to show they are eligible, the Obama administration announced on Wednesday. In the last two years, insurers say, many people went without coverage and then signed up under the Affordable Care Act when they became sick and needed care. Insurers say that people who sign up after the deadline tend to generate more claims and more costs, raising premiums. (Pear, 2/24)
The Wall Street Journal:
Senate Confirms Cardiologist Robert Califf As FDA Commissioner
The new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday his top priorities will include using databases and electronic medical records as early-warning systems to pinpoint safety lapses of drugs and medical devices. (Burton, 2/24)