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 CarneyHere's where your state falls on the scale of most to least reopened Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Sen. Chris Coons Here's when all 50 states plan to reopen after coronavirus restrictions MORE (Del.), J.B. Pritzker (Ill.), Janet Mills (Maine), Steve BullockSteve BullockThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on the cusp of formally grasping the Democratic nomination Gianforte wins Montana gubernatorial primary Daines wins GOP Senate primary in Montana MORE (Mont.), Phil Murphy (N.J.), Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamGeorge Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' Top Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP 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 PelosiPelosi: 'Scary' to see uniformed troops on steps of Lincoln Memorial Pelosi: Democrats to unveil sweeping criminal justice proposal Monday Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC 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.