Doggett, Levin, McDermott Urge CMS to Grant Special Enrollment Period for ACA Sign-ups

Feb 16, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Ways and Means Committee Human Resources Subcommittee Ranking Member Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA) issued statements following the end of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period urging CMS to grant a special enrollment period for individuals paying a Shared Responsibility Payment. In December, Rep. Doggett requested a special enrollment period in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS).

“A prompt announcement by CMS—free of any confusing delays or exceptions—will greatly benefit taxpayers as well as the many organizations across the country working to help people enroll,” said Rep. Doggett. “For the many families who may now be about to pay a penalty, there should be an opportunity to avoid both further penalties and to obtain affordable health insurance.”

“We strongly urge the Administration to consider a special enrollment period to give individuals who will be paying the Shared Responsibility Payment an opportunity to sign up for health insurance,” said Reps. Levin and McDermott. “The ACA enrollment period ended before many Americans filed their taxes. Without a special enrollment period, many people making a Shared Responsibility Payment won’t have another opportunity to get health coverage this year. We share in the Administration’s efforts to provide affordable insurance to all Americans, and believe that a special enrollment period would complement these efforts.”

The U.S. Treasury Department has estimated that between 3 million and 6 million taxpayers may make a Shared Responsibility Payment on their 2014 taxes.