open enrollment


Definition of open enrollment

1 : the voluntary enrollment of a student in a public school other than the one assigned on the basis of residence
2 : enrollment on demand as a student in an institution of higher learning irrespective of formal qualifications

Examples of open enrollment in a Sentence

Many voters support open enrollment. the city's open enrollment policy Employees can sign up for new benefits during open enrollment.
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Recent Examples on the Web

During a conference call with community groups, HHS officials announce the federal enrollment website will be shut down for as long as 12 hours every Sunday except one during the six weeks of open enrollment. Julie Rovner, Washington Post, "Timeline: Despite GOP’s Failure To Repeal Obamacare, The ACA Has Changed," 5 Apr. 2018 In fact, this year will see the addition of 23 insurers during open enrollment, and in some places premiums have actually gone down. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Heads Up: You Can Still Sign Up for Obamacare and Open Enrollment Is Going On Right Now," 14 Nov. 2018 If the new contracts stand, about 127,000 Kansans who receive Medicaid services through Amerigroup would have to choose a different insurer during open enrollment. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Backed by three law firms, Amerigroup files formal protest of new KanCare contracts," 10 July 2018 The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE): presentations about Medicare year-round; counseling during open enrollment. Erin Arvedlund,, "Live in Pa. and don't have your new Medicare card? Call the agency right away," 5 July 2018 Just one in four people who buy their own insurance or who are uninsured could name the correct deadline (December 15) for open enrollment, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll taken last month. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Obamacare sign-ups surge in final tally," 21 Dec. 2018 The annual open enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription plans starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, The Seattle Times, "Medicare upgrades its website ahead of sign-up season," 2 Oct. 2018 Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to build a new open enrollment high school somewhere on the Near West Side, according to a Chicago Public Schools budget proposal released Friday. John Byrne,, "Emanuel wants to build new Near West Side high school, according to budget plan," 6 July 2018 Democrats note that the administration cut advertising about the ACA open enrollment period by 90%. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Lag Behind Last Year’s," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of open enrollment

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of open enrollment

chiefly US
: a policy or process by which parents may send their children to a different public school than the one in their own community
: a period of time during which you can join something as a member or participant : a period of time during which you can enroll in something

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