Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, said, "This special enrollment period was always likely to have more symbolic value than practical significance in driving lots of sign-ups."
"There is a lot of churn in the insurance system, so many people who were uninsured last year and are now subject to a penalty may no longer be uninsured," Levitt said.
Kevin Counihan, the CEO of HealthCare.gov, said, "Our focus is squarely on increasing public awareness about this tax season."
"We're making sure marketplace consumers have the information they need to file their tax returns and that those who went without health coverage last year are aware of the requirement to have coverage or qualify for an exemption," Counihan said.
"Those who don't qualify for an exemption and remain uninsured [and] did not understand the implications of the requirement to have insurance will need to pay a fee, but also will have a final opportunity to enroll in affordable health coverage for the remainder of the year," he said.
"As of March 29, about 36,000 consumers have selected plans using the tax special enrollment period in states using the federally facilitated marketplace. Eligible consumers still have time to sign up and we want to encourage all those taxpayers who qualify to consider visiting HealthCare.gov to shop for affordable coverage."