Insurance Superintendent Alerts Mainers Impacted by October’s Severe Storm that They May Have More Time to Enroll in Health Insurance

December 19, 2017


Contact: Judith Watters, Consumer Outreach Specialist


Augusta -

Maine residents impacted by the severe storm of October 29 and 30 may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families, according to Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa. The October storm knocked out power across the state, caused extensive damage to property, and resulted in the Governor declaring a State of Emergency.

“The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have informed us that Maine residents who were unable to complete their application before Open Enrollment ended on December 15, due to the October storm, could qualify for a Special Enrollment Period through December 31,” stated Cioppa.

Those affected by the storm who have not yet purchased coverage for 2018 should do the following:

• Complete an online application at

• Contact the Marketplace Call Center at 800-318-2596 (TTY: 855-889-4325). The application will initially be denied by the system, requiring a Call Center representative to manually forward it for review.

• When calling, applicants should inform the Call Center representative that they are applying for a SEP due to the October storm in Maine and be prepared to provide information about how they were impacted.

People in Maine can call the Bureau of Insurance at 1-800-300-5000 with questions or concerns about their insurance options and the networks offered by health insurance plans sold in Maine. Information is also available on the Bureau’s website (

The Bureau of Insurance is part of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, which encourages sound business practices through oversight of insurers, financial institutions, creditors, investment providers, and numerous occupations.

Last Updated: December 19, 2017 7:19 PM