Open enrollment for the Marketplace and individual health plans is open for 2019. Last day to make plan selections of changes is December 15, 2018. Coverage will begin January 1, 2019.
If you're buying health insurance on your own, you can purchase a policy through your state’s health insurance marketplace or from a health insurance company.
Here's what you need to know for the open enrollment period for 2019 individual and family health insurance plans.
Open enrollment deadlines have changed: Open enrollment starts November 1st and runs through December 15th in most states. Heath insurance coverage will begin on January 1, 2019.
The states listed below have different open enrollment dates:
- California – Oct. 15, 2018 to Jan. 15, 2019
- Colorado – Nov. 1, 2018 to Jan. 15, 2019
- D.C. – Nov. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019
- Massachusetts – Nov. 1, 2018 to Jan. 23, 2019
- Minnesota – Nov. 1, 2018 to Jan. 13, 2019
- New York – Nov. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019
- Rhode Island – Nov. 1, 2018 to Jan. 31, 2019
If you enroll after the Dec. 15 date in the states that are extending the enrollment period, you'll need to check to see when the coverage will start. Because most states still require you to obtain your plan by Dec. 15 for it to start on Jan. 1, 2018. If you buy after Dec. 15 your plan's start date may be Feb. 1 or March 1, 2019.
This is the time to make changes to your existing plan. You can renew your current health insurance plan or you can choose a new health insurance plan. If you are currently enrolled in a marketplace health insurance plan, it will automatically renew. However, the plan may make changes to its provider network, copays, co-insurance and drug coverage. Your plan must send you a notice of any changes it will make for 2019.
If you miss open enrollment, you may have to wait until next year’s open enrollment. If you miss open enrollment, you won't be able to sign up for coverage unless you qualify for special enrollment period.
Special enrollment period qualifications are: divorce, marriage, birth or adoption of a child, death of a spouse or partner that leaves you without health insurance, your spouse or partner who has you covered loses his/her job and health insurance, you lose your job and with it your health insurance, your hours are cut making you ineligible for your employer's health insurance plan, or you are in an HMO and move outside its coverage area.
You have the choose between four levels. Plans in the health insurance marketplace are divided primarily into four categories:
- Bronze - highest out-of-pocket expenses for services (lower premiums)
- Platinum - least out-of-pocket expenses for services (higher premiums)
It's important to not delay in choosing a plan!
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