North Carolinians will soon have another opportunity to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. A special enrollment period begins February 15.
An executive order signed by President Joe Biden establishes a special three-month signup for coverage through the ACA.
According to a White House news release, the order is meant to reverse the previous administration's attacks on the ACA, which officials say made it more difficult to enroll.
The action from the White House comes at a time when many people have lost their job-based health insurance because of the pandemic.
In North Carolina, help is available through the NC Navigator Consortium, which offers free assistance to consumers seeking coverage through Healthcare.gov.
Mark Van Arnam is the director of the consortium. He says that appointments can go quickly and encourages people to take action now.
The special ACA enrollment period will end on May 15.