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12 governors press Trump for special ObamaCare enrollment period amid coronavirus pandemic

12 governors press Trump for special ObamaCare enrollment period amid coronavirus pandemic
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A dozen Democratic U.S. governors are calling on the Trump administration to open a special ObamaCare enrollment period amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The governors stressed the necessity of health coverage for their uninsured or underinsured constituents who may choose to forgo COVID-19 testing and treatment over fear of potential costs. 

“It is essential that we remove every barrier as quickly as possible to ensure those in our states and across the country are able to access the treatment they need,” they wrote in a Monday letter sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma.

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“One of the most effective ways this can be done is by opening up a federal special enrollment period to give everyone the chance to enroll in a health plan that offers the coverage they need with access to any qualifying subsidies,” the governors added. 

The Democratic governors are requesting the administration reconsider its decision and immediately open a special day enrollment of at least 30 days on the federal exchange. 

The coalition of governors is led by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (Mich.). The letter is signed by Govs. John CarneyJohn Charles CarneyFracking banned in Delaware River Basin Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls Here's where the National Guard is activated on Election Day MORE (Del.), J.B. Pritzker (Ill.), Janet Mills (Maine), Steve BullockSteve BullockOvernight Health Care: CDC calls for schools to reopen with precautions | Cuomo faces rising scrutiny over COVID-19 nursing home deaths | Biden officials move to begin rescinding Medicaid work requirements Montana governor lifts state mask mandate Lobbying world MORE (Mont.), Phil Murphy (N.J.), Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico fines two megachurches K each over packed Christmas Eve services CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Hispanic Caucus ramps up Cabinet pressure campaign MORE (N.M.), Roy Cooper (N.C.), Kate Brown (Ore.), Tom Wolf (Pa.) Ralph Northam (Va.) and Tony Evers (Wis.). 

The Trump administration said at the end of March it would not reopen enrollment under the Affordable Care Act amid the pandemic despite calls from congressional Democrats. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Budget Committee chair pledges to raise minimum wage: 'Hold me to it' Capitol review to recommend adding more fencing, 1,000 officers: report MORE (D-Calif.) has urged Trump to expand the sign-up period, and a group of 65 Democrats wrote a letter to Azar last week calling for the administration to reopen enrollment as well. 

The enrollment period ended in mid-December.