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Fwd: ConnectorCare Special Enrollment Period from February 1 – February 28

Jan. 31 is the last day of "Open Enrollment"--the deadline for people to sign up for individual insurance (ObamaCare) or switch plans.  At the national level, HHS has pulled its ads urging people to sign up before it's too late.

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-white-house-obamacare-ads-234245

Here in Mass., the Connector is extending a special enrollment period from Feb 1-28 for people who are enrolled in or eligible for ConnectorCare. This means it is not too late for:

  • ConnectorCare members to change to a Managed Care Organization (MCO) with a lower premium (or no premium for those in Plan Type 1 or 2A), and
  • Uninsured people with income under 300% of poverty to enroll in a ConnectorCare Plan --even if it's more than 60 days since they were found eligible.

Enrollment take effect March 1 if people act by Feb 23, or April 1, if people act by March 23.

This is an important extension for two groups in particular:

  • People enrolled in ConnectorCare Neighborhood Health Plan & some other MCOs who will have a big jump in premiums in 2017 unless they change MCOs, 
  • People eligible for ConnectorCare who don't realize they will lose their Health Safety Net eligibility after 90 days whether they enroll in ConnectorCare or not.

There is more information below about this special enrollment period, and the other situations in which people can still change plans or enroll in coverage after Jan. 31

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: MAhealthconnectorUpdates (EHS) <MAhealthconnectorUpdates@massmail.state.ma.us>
Date: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 4:35 PM
Subject: ConnectorCare Special Enrollment Period from February 1 February 28
To: "MAhealthconnectorUpdates (EHS)" <mahealthconnectorupdates@state.ma.us>
 

Dear Assisters,

The Health Connector is opening a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) running from February 1, 2017- February 28, 2017. This SEP is open for all ConnectorCare eligible individuals, including enrollees. ConnectorCare eligible individuals will have the opportunity to enroll in or change a plan and pay for coverage beginning on March, April, or May 1, 2017, depending on when during the month they shop.

This SEP is being implemented to address structural changes in the Health Connector’s ConnectorCare program combined with large rate increases that are impacting some members.

All ConnectorCare eligible individuals will be able to shop for plans online at MAhealthconnector.org or through the Health Connector’s customer service until February 28th.  On March 1st the SEP will close and members will have to experience a qualifying event in order to change or enroll in a plan.

The Health Connector also allows any individual that experienced a qualifying event during Open Enrollment to have a full 60 days from the date of the qualifying event to enroll in coverage. Any individual who experienced a qualifying event during open enrollment that would have triggered an SEP automatically will have an SEP opened for the balance of the 60 days owed to them past 1/31.

Individuals who would qualify for an SEP both as ConnectorCare eligible individuals and as an individual with a qualifying event occurring during the open enrollment period will have an SEP opened for whichever period is longer.

To review the Health Connector’s Administrative bulletin on this topic visit:  https://betterhealthconnector.com/wp-content/uploads/AdminBulletin01-17.pdf

Thank you for your assistance as you help these Health Connector members with applying and enrolling into ConnectorCare.

The Health Connector

Important Links

MAhealthconnector.org

MassHealth Website

Learning Management System