Insurers, Lawmakers Continue Calls for HealthCare.gov SEP

Facing mounting criticism for deciding not to allow a special enrollment period (SEP) on the federal health insurance exchange amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Trump administration offered up a different strategy to help the uninsured get the care they need if stricken by the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In short, the administration will funnel a portion of the $100 billion in funding earmarked for U.S. hospitals in the latest emergency stimulus bill “to cover providers’ costs of delivering COVID-19 care for the uninsured,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar explained during an April 3 White House press briefing.

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Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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