When Can I Sign Up for ACA Health Insurance?
The Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace closes for this year on Jan. 31, 2017.
Barring government changes to the program, ACA Open Enrollment will reopen Nov. 1, 2017, closing again on Jan. 31, 2018. In the meantime, certain changes in your life, called “qualifying life events,” may allow you to sign up for ACA health insurance through the Marketplace outside of normal Open Enrollment, as part of a Special Enrollment Period.
Qualifying Life Events
These can include:
- Getting married
- Having a baby or adopting a child
- A loss of coverage (for instance, when you graduate from college, turn 26 and lose your parent’s coverage, change jobs, go through a divorce, or have a death in the family)
- Certain changes to your income
- A change in your immigration status
- Experiencing a Marketplace error or an issue with your Medicaid qualification, or some other major complicating factor
In most cases, you have only 60 days from the qualifying life event to sign up for a new plan or change your current plan. To find out if you qualify to enroll outside of the Open Enrollment period, go to Healthcare.gov or, if you’d prefer free, local, in-person assistance in evaluating your enrollment options, use the Get Covered America form here on our own site to arrange for help in your area.
People Exempt from Open-Enrollment Requirements
- If you qualify for Medicaid, you can sign up for a Medicaid plan at any time.
- Members of federally recognized American Indian tribes (and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act shareholders) also have no limited-enrollment period, and can sign up for Marketplace coverage any time of year, and change plans up to once a month. For more information, click here.