The Obama administration is making another change to the federal healthcare reform law. The open-enrollment period for 2015 policies will be delayed by a month.
Instead of opening Oct. 15, the state and federal exchanges will begin enrolling customers for 2015 coverage Nov. 15. The open enrollment period will last until Jan. 15, rather than Dec. 7 as previously scheduled.
The delay will allow insurance companies more time to analyze the customer pool they ultimately end up with for 2014 coverage. Previously, companies would have been required to submit their 2015 rates by the end of April. That would have given them little time to make actuarially sound assessments after the open-enrollment period closes March 31. Now firms will have an additional month to calculate their rates, according to an HHS official.