The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight is giving insurers and employers three more weeks to send in their health plan enrollee counts.

CCIIO is pushing the due date for annual enrollment count reports for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act reinsurance program to 11:59 p.m. Dec. 5. The previous deadline was Nov. 15.

PPACA now requires sellers of individual medical insurance to take applicants even if the applicants have health problems. The only personal health information an insurer can use when setting premiums is age and tobacco use. Drafters of PPACA created the reinsurance program in an effort to protect issuers of individual major medical insurance against a flood of seriously ill enrollees.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.