New York: @NYStateofHealth extends final 2022 OEP deadline thru 2/15

New York State of Health

On January 14th, NY State of Health issued an oddly-worded press release:

NY State of Health and New York State Department of Financial Services Announce Extension of Open Enrollment Period as Federal Public Health Emergency Continues

  • American Rescue Plan Continues to Offer Savings That Drive Down 2022 Health Plan Premiums to Lowest Levels in Recent Years
  • Plan Options and Enrollment Assistance Provided Across the State
  • New Yorkers encouraged to enroll by January 15 for Feb 1 Coverage

ALBANY, NY. (January 14, 2022) – NY State of Health, together with the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), today announced that the Open Enrollment Period for 2022 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) will remain open consistent with today’s announcement that the federal government is extending the Public Health Emergency effective January 16, 2022. NY State of Health, the state’s official health plan Marketplace, provides new and returning consumers many quality, low-cost health insurance options, with a choice of QHPs in every county, and continues to offer expanded tax credit savings through the American Rescue Plan Act. New Yorkers who enroll by January 15 will have coverage starting February 1.

On the surface, this looks like nothing special--it's just a reminder to New Yorkers that the deadline for February 1st coverage was coming up the following day. New York's final 2022 OEP deadline isn't until January 31st, however; anyone who enrolls between 1/16 - 1/31 will have coverage starting March 1st instead.

However, several paragraphs later, you get this:

...Extending the Open Enrollment Period for QHP’s aligns with the coverage rules for public programs also administered through NY State of Health. New Yorkers need to enroll by January 15 for coverage starting February 1 and by February 15 for coverage starting March 1. 

In other words, they've bumped out the final deadline by another 2 weeks, through 2/15. Why this isn't mentioned until 5 paragraphs in, I have no idea, but whatever.