Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Conners and 22 attorneys general from other states asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to reconsider a special enrollment period on Healthcare.Gov during the current worldwide pandemic.
The attorneys general argue that the federal government should take action to make it possible for Americans – who are facing uncertainty as a result of COVID-19 – to obtain the healthcare coverage they need during this critical time.
“At a time when health care is more important than ever, it makes no sense to refuse to hold a special enrollment period so that more people can get cov- erage,” said Attorney General Connors. “Our state relies on the federal exchange and we join our fellow states in urging the Administration to reverse its position on this matter.”
In the letter, the attorneys general point out that as a result of the COVID-19 pan- demic, millions of individu- als have lost their jobs—and with their jobs, their ability to pay for healthcare. Many peo- ple may be prevented from obtaining treatment because they lack healthcare coverage or face financial ruin if they seek care.
The federal government has the legal ability to call for a special enrollment period.