A new study suggests that tax filing season could be the best time to sign up clients for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act rather than the current open enrollment period.
The study, by Katherine Swartz of Harvard University and John Graves of Vanderbilt University, published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs, offers strong evidence for why the ACA open enrollment period should be changed to align with tax season. Currently, Americans who are eligible for tax credits for assistance with paying health insurance premiums only have from until February 15 to apply. The open enrollment began last October 1 during a botched rollout that quickly revealed technical glitches in the federal government’s HealthCare.gov health insurance exchange, along with many state-run exchanges.
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