Following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan, the federal government and several states have extended special enrollment periods to allow consumers to take advantage of the increased Affordable Care Act tax credits available under the new law. The special enrollment period is open to new and current enrollees alike and the tax credits may significantly reduce premiums for eligible individuals. Federal healthcare.gov will be open from April 1st until August 15th. To better align with the federal government’s decision, some states, including Colorado, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Maryland have already announced extensions until August, while California, New York, and the District of Columbia have extended the enrollment period through the end of the year or the end of the pandemic. Idaho extended its enrollment period through April, and Nevada and Washington are currently considering an extension. Read more here.