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Apr 15, 2024
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SEP extended to November 30 for loss of Medicaid/CHIP

On March 28, 2024, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced additional actions it is taking to help people maintain coverage as states continue Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility renewals.

The special enrollment period (SEP) that became available on January 1, 2024, for individuals losing Medicaid or CHIP is now extended until November 30, 2024. It was previously extended through July 31, 2024. This extension is crucial to ensuring those who are leaving Medicaid or CHIP secure affordable, comprehensive coverage through the start of the next Open Enrollment Period.

Those losing coverage can apply and enroll in a Marketplace plan as early as 60 days before their Medicaid or CHIP coverage ends to avoid a gap in coverage. Until November 30, 2024, they can also apply for a Marketplace plan any time after their coverage ends and they will have 60 days after submitting their application to enroll in a plan that will start at the beginning of the next month after enrollment is completed.

Read a CMS press release about the SEP: HHS Takes Additional Actions to Help People Stay Covered During Medicaid and CHIP Renewals | CMS

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