If you’re unemployed, you may be able to get affordable health insurance through the Marketplace. You may also qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”).

Left/Lost your job and lost insurance

If you left your job or was terminated and lost your health coverage, you qualify for the Special Enrollment Period. This means you can enroll in the Marketplace any time of the year. Usually you have 60 days from the day you lost coverage to enroll.

Medicaid and CHIP programs have no limited enrollment period therefore, if you qualify, you can enroll in these programs at any time of the year.

Coverage Options

To determine what health coverage you’re eligible for is based on your household size and income, not you employment status. When you apply for coverage from the Marketplace you will have to estimate your income for the current year.

Unemployed- how to estimate your income

Types of income source to include on your application when estimating your income:

  • Unemployment compensation
  • All household member’s income (not just yours)
  • Additional income including Alimony, Cash Support, Pension, Social Security, Investment, Retirement etc.

Insurance Plans

Note: All coverage qualifications are based on your income and household size.

Once you apply for the Marketplace, you will find out if you qualify for any of these three programs:

  • Marketplace insurance plan: you can qualify for premium tax credits and savings on deductibles, copays, and other out-of-pocket costs.
  • Medicaid: This program provides coverage to millions of Americans with limited incomes or disabilities. You may qualify for free or low-cost coverage.
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program: CHIP provides coverage to children and in some states pregnant women. This is for families with too high of an income for Medicaid but too low to afford for a private insurance.


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source: healthcare.gov

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