Today is the day that open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act will close for most people. But those affected by the slew of hurricanes that pummelled Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and other states earlier this year can take advantage of a two-week extension.
Open enrollment is extended to Dec. 31 for those who were impacted by hurricanes Irma, Maria or Harvey, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The special enrollment period was also extended for Medicare enrollees. Anyone who lives in or moved from counties designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as hurricane disaster areas for those storms is eligible.
In the final week of the shortened six-week open enrollment period, 1,073,921 people signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov, according to CMS. More than 4.6 million people have enrolled on the federal exchange for health insurance plans in 2018 since open enrollment began on Nov. 1.
Florida has the most enrollees out of any state that offers the federal exchange, with more than 1 million people having signed up as of Dec. 9.
During the first six weeks of enrollment last year, just over 4 million people nationally and 878,670 in Florida signed up for Obamacare.
To take advantage of the extended enrollment period, consumers must call to make a request. The number to call for the Affordable Care Act is 1-800-318-2596. For Medicare, the number is 1-800-MEDICARE.