The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened a new COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period (SEP), February 15–August 15, 2021, at healthcare.gov.
CMS wanted to ensure that anyone who is uninsured would be able to have access to coverage regardless of their life circumstances, which means no documentation is required and coverage begins the very next month after enrollment.
Find more information here.
The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.
The deadline for filing 2020 tax returns is May 17, 2021.
The deadline to file for those requesting an extension on their 2020 tax returns is October 15, 2021.
Find coronavirus Information for Illinois taxpayers at Illinois Department of Revenue.
Payments on Credit Cards and Auto Loans
Credit Card Payments
In this time of need, many credit card issuers are moving quickly to assist their customers by providing them with information and resources that may alleviate some of their financial burden. Please go to your financial institutions’ websites for information, or take a look at Credit Karma’s compiled list of credit card issuers’ assistance efforts and eligibility requirements.
Auto Loan Payments
Many lenders are offering auto loan relief programs to help their customers alleviate some of their financial burden. Find more information on Credit Karma.
Looking for Internet options?
- Comcast is opening up their Xfinity hot spot program to all at no cost. The details for the program are located here.
- Comcast is now offering their lower cost internet plan here.