The Washington Post is reporting tonight the HHS will allow consumers in the 36 states served by healthcare.gov to sign up for coverage through mid-April if they request an extension. From the Post: “Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.” Many of the remaining states with state-based marketplaces are reportedly considering similar extensions.
We at Jackson Hewitt welcome this extension as a win for uninsured Americans who are now signing up as they file their taxes. As the evidence reveals, the disbursement of tax refunds appears to be making a substantial difference in the willingness and ability of uninsured Americans to sign up for marketplace coverage. Indeed, our most recent projections indicate that HHS can meet its target of six million enrollees on the marketplaces only if it allows individuals to continue to sign up through April 15th. With this announcement, we believe that HHS is on a clear trajectory to succeed with its enrollment goal.
For our part, Jackson Hewitt’s system of 26,000 trained preparers will continue to provide enrollment assistance in every state (and DC!) for Medicaid, CHIP, and the new tax credit programs – and all at no additional cost to our customers. We weren’t planning to sleep between now and April 15th anyway! No matter where you live or what you are eligible for, we can help!
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