Source: NCDOJ Press Release
Attorney General Josh Stein filed an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit led by the City of Chicago that challenges U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) for their response to the coronavirus. HHS failed to create a special enrollment period on the federal exchange, HealthCare.Gov.
“More than one million North Carolinians have lost their jobs during this pandemic through no fault of their own,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “Our number one focus must be on keeping people healthy and making sure they can get the health care they need. I’ve already called on HHS to help people struggling to get the health care coverage they need – and now I am fighting in court to protect the people of North Carolina.”
HHS Secretary Alex Azar is empowered to create a special enrollment period outside of the typical annual enrollment in the case of special situations or hardships. People who lost their jobs and did not have health care coverage through an employer have no options, Stein says.
Stein led a 22-state coalition in April calling for HHS to allow a special enrollment period. Congress, the health care industry and other parties have all joined in calling for HHS to act, but they have yet to do so.
Read the full press release from the NCDOJ website.