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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Lawmakers last fall eliminated two initial barriers to enrollment: The original law had limited the vouchers to students previously enrolled in a public school who had been rejected for an open enrollment slot at another public school. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin voucher program for special needs students expected to triple next year," 12 Feb. 2018 State lawmakers instead moved the date to Jan. 1 to coincide with open enrollment for health plans, Krimm said. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Maryland government retirees in an uproar over looming change to prescription drug coverage," 21 June 2018 San Juan Capistrano resident Dennis Ettlin, 70, was shopping in the most recent Medicare open enrollment for a new Medicare Advantage plan that would cover his hearing aids. David Lazarus,, "Say what? How an $800 charge for hearing aids soared to a $3,600 healthcare bill," 29 May 2018 That gave the federal agency's staff enough time to review applications and award grants before open enrollment begins. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Trump administration slashes funding for Obamacare outreach program," 10 July 2018 The details of the 2019 Medicare Advantage benefit packages must first be approved by CMS and will be released in the fall, when the annual open enrollment begins. Susan Jaffe, sacbee, "Medicare Advantage Plans cleared to go beyond medical coverage – even groceries," 10 Apr. 2018 That timeline would nearly butt up against KanCare's open enrollment period, which begins in October. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Backed by three law firms, Amerigroup files formal protest of new KanCare contracts," 10 July 2018 Nationwide, in federal and state marketplaces, 11.8 million people signed up for coverage in the last open enrollment period, down from 12.2 million in the prior year but substantially more than many experts had predicted. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Trump Officials Slash Grants That Help Consumers Get Obamacare," 10 July 2018 Glascock believes that redistricting is an effective method to reduce overcrowding but also thinks that modifying the school system’s open enrollment policy to allow students to transfer to schools with available seats could also be effective. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Voters to narrow a wide field for Howard school board," 25 June 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

: 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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