WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration said Thursday it wants most of the 8 million Americans already signed up for coverage under the health care law to be able to renew their coverage easily.
New Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell outlined a two-step approach:
Consumers will start getting notices about their options before the Nov. 15 start of the next open enrollment season.
"We are committed to simplifying the experience for consumers by allowing auto-enrollment," Burwell said in a statement.
That means smoothing out the process for people who haven't had big changes in income, family circumstances or residence.
Millions more Americans are expected to try HealthCare.gov for the first time next year.
Making things easier for those already signed up cuts the workload for federal and state insurance websites, reducing the odds of another round of headline-grabbing computer crashes.
But premiums will be changing for 2015 and an independent market analysis firm is advising consumers to shop around to make sure they are getting the best deals.
Open enrollment season will run through Feb. 15, 2015.