H&R Block Submits Recommendation to HHS, Extend Open Enrollment to April 30

Picture1By Mark Ciaramitaro
Vice President, Health Enrollment Services at H&R Block

Health and Human Services (HHS) has indicated that the open enrollment period for those wishing to obtain health care insurance on the state or federal marketplaces will be Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. H&R Block recently sent a letter to HHS Secretary Burwell recommending open enrollment be extended to April 30, 2015 to encompass an entire tax season instead of just a few weeks.

Pending approval, this extension would help alleviate confusion of the tax and enrollment deadline, address affordability concerns, as well as assist taxpayers with better understanding their tax and health care insurance options.

Up to 1 in 6 Impacted by Expired Tax Benefits

Lynn Ebel, tax attorney at The Tax Institute, talks with the H&R Block newsroom about the impact expired tax benefits will have on taxpayers in 2015, including on teachers, students, homeowners and retirees.