Following Request from Rep. Doggett, CMS announces ACA Special Enrollment Period for Millions of Americans

Feb 20, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, following a request made by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced a special enrollment period for taxpayers making a Shared Responsibility Payment on their taxes after February 15. Rep. Doggett first urged CMS to authorize such a special enrollment period in a letter in December. 

Beginning March 15 and running through April 30, 2015, a special enrollment period will be triggered when a taxpayer making a Shared Responsibility Payment files his or her 2014 federal income tax return. Since Open Enrollment closed on February 15, these taxpayers would not have been able to sign up for coverage for 2015, absent a special enrollment period.  

“As I urged, we should take every opportunity to encourage families to enroll in affordable, quality health insurance,” said Rep. Doggett. “Now, thanks to the change I sought, taxpayers seeing the financial consequences of being uninsured will be able to enroll for coverage sooner instead of being forced to wait for the next enrollment period.”

The Treasury Department has previously estimated that between 2% and 4% of all taxpayers – between 3 and 6 million Americans – may be responsible for a Shared Responsibility Payment this tax year.