Proposal To Change ACA Open Enrollment Period Could Have Mixed Effects for Consumers
State insurance regulators and industry officials have said a proposal to change the Affordable Care Act's next open enrollment period so it begins about one month earlier in 2015 than it did in 2014 could help consumers in some ways and hurt them in others. Changing the enrollment period's timeline could help uninsured U.S. residents to avoid penalties under the law's individual mandate. However, the change in the short-term could create problems for insurers, which would need to meet tight deadlines for submitting health plans and premium rates.
- "Proposed Insurance Enrollment Period Worries Some" (AP/Modern Healthcare, 1/25).