The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be giving consumers more time to complete commercial coverage applications in the states where it runs the public exchange programs.
News was leaked to the Washington Post Tuesday, and HHS officials confirmed the leaks for New York Times reporters.
To discourage consumers from waiting until they become seriously ill to pay for coverage, HHS and state regulators developed a limited "open enrollment period," or period when consumers can automatically qualify to apply for coverage, for individual QHP coverage.
The individual QHP open enrollment period started Oct. 1. The cut-off does not apply to small-group coverage, Medicaid coverage or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage.