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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 CarneySuspect in Whitmer kidnap plot was pardoned in Delaware last year Supreme Court opens new term in divisive era Delaware Gov. John Carney fends off primary challenge MORE (Del.), J.B. Pritzker (Ill.), Janet Mills (Maine), Steve BullockSteve BullockInterior says Pendley to remain at BLM despite 'dramatic tweets' from Democrats Democrat trails by 3 points in Montana Senate race: poll Poll shows statistical tie in Montana Senate race MORE (Mont.), Phil Murphy (N.J.), Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamTravel industry calls on Trump administration to prevent the need for quarantines by creating a testing plan Utah increases coronavirus restrictions amid rising cases New Mexico to renew coronavirus restrictions, warning of more if cases continue to rise 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 PelosiOn The Money: Businesses, wealthy brace for Biden tax hikes | Dow falls more than 650 points as COVID-19 cases rise, stimulus hopes fade | Kudlow doesn't expect Trump to release detailed economic plan before election Overnight Health Care: US sets a new record for average daily coronavirus cases | Meadows on pandemic response: 'We're not going to control it' | Pelosi blasts Trump for not agreeing to testing strategy Gaffes put spotlight on Meadows at tough time for Trump 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.