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Last chance: The 2020 Open Enrollment deadline is days away!
Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500

Time’s running out for 2020 Marketplace insurance! Open Enrollment for 2020 Marketplace insurance ends Sunday, December 15. This means you have only 3 days to enroll in, re-enroll in, or change a 2020 Marketplace plan.

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Act now for coverage that starts January 1

  • First time applying at Create an account.
  • Have 2019 Marketplace coverage? Log in to update your application and compare plans for 2020. If you don’t, you could miss out on new plans, and any savings could be wrong. This means you could end up paying more for your monthly premium or owing money on your federal taxes.

Need enrollment help?

Time’s running out! Update & compare Marketplace plans by December 15
Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0500

If you enrolled in Marketplace health insurance for 2019, you can renew, change, or update your plan for 2020 until Sunday, December 15, 2019. That’s less than 2 weeks away! If you miss the deadline, you may be automatically enrolled for 2020, but that’s not your best option.

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Why update & compare for 2020 — even if you want to keep the same plan

  • New, affordable plans may be available this year. Just like people, plans and prices change every year. You may find 2020 plans with coverage and features that better meet your needs, especially if you’ve had or expect income or household changes.
  • Get the right amount of financial help for 2020. Savings are based on your expected income for 2020 (not 2019). If your information isn’t current, your premium tax credit and other savings could be wrong. This means you could end up paying more for your monthly premium or owing money on your federal taxes.
  • Sometimes you won't be automatically enrolled. You should enroll in an available plan by December 15, 2019 to be on the safe side.

How to change or renew 2020 coverage

  • Log in to update your application with your expected 2020 income and household information.
  • Compare your current plan with other available 2020 plans. If you want to keep your same plan, you should still update your information and check out all the plans available to you. If you don’t, you could miss out on savings and a plan that better meets your needs.
  • Learn more about changing and renewing coverage for 2020.
Why enroll in 2020 Marketplace coverage
Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500

You may think you don't need health insurance, that it's too expensive, or not worth the trouble. While nobody plans to get sick or hurt, bad things happen, even to healthy people. The good news is that enrolling in a 2020 Marketplace health plan may be more affordable and easier than you think. You have until December 15, 2019 to sign up. Coverage starts January 1, 2020.

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You may be eligible for savings

Applying can be fast & simple

Only one month left to enroll in or change 2020 Marketplace coverage!
Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500

Don’t delay: 2020 Open Enrollment ends December 15, 2019! This means you have just over one month to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance for coverage starting January 1, 2020.

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Act now & apply

Enrollment help is available

Quickly find your 2020 Marketplace costs
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0500

Open Enrollment for 2020 health insurance is here and ends Sunday, December 15, 2019. Find out in a matter of minutes what your costs may be by answering a few easy questions about you and your household. You don’t even have to log in.

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Will I save on a 2020 Marketplace plan?

Find out exact costs & savings when you apply

The 2020 Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business!
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Starting today, November 1, you can apply for new 2020 health insurance, or renew, change, or update your 2019 health plan for 2020.

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How to apply

  • You can apply at or through certified enrollment partner websites, by phone, with the help of a trained assister in your community, through an agent or broker, or with a paper application.
  • See the different ways to apply for 2020 health insurance.

Not quite ready? See plans & prepare

Preview 2020 plans and prices today!
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0400

You can enroll in or renew a 2020 plan November 1 through December 15. You can start by previewing 2020 plans with personalized estimates. Note: You’ll see exact prices later on when you fill out or update your Marketplace application.

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How to preview 2020 plans & prices

More on 2020 Open Enrollment & plan shopping

Things to know about picking a plan before Nov. 1
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Before you apply for 2020 Marketplace health insurance starting November 1, there are several things to consider that’ll help you choose the plan that’s right for you.

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The 4 “metal” categories

  • There are 4 categories of health insurance plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
  • These categories show how you and your plan share costs. Plan categories have nothing to do with quality of care.
  • Get more information on Marketplace health insurance categories.

Health insurance plan & network types

  • Different types of Marketplace health insurance plans are designed to meet different needs. Some plans restrict your provider choices or encourage you to get care from the plan’s network of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other medical service providers. Other plans pay a greater share of costs when you use providers outside the plan’s network.
  • Get familiar with the different plan types you’ll find in the Marketplace.

Total health care costs

See tips on choosing an insurance plan.

5 easy ways to prepare for 2020 Open Enrollment
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Open Enrollment for 2020 Marketplace coverage starts November 1, 2019. There are things you can do now to get ready, whether you’re applying for the first time or planning to re-enroll.

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How to get ready to enroll — quickly and easily!

  • Get familiar with the Marketplace by reading these quick tips. Find answers to your most common questions.
  • Download this checklist (PDF) to make sure you have everything you need. When you apply, you'll be asked about your household, income, and current coverage and may need to refer to specific documents, like W-2s, pay stubs, or tax returns. Gathering what you need now will save you time later.
  • Make a list of questions before it's time to choose your health plan. For example, "Can I stay with my current doctor?" or "Will this plan cover my health costs when I'm traveling?" Get tips on choosing a health insurance plan.
  • Set your budget. There are different types of health plans for different needs and budgets. You’ll need to figure out how much you’re able to spend on premiums each month, and how much you want to pay out-of-pocket for prescriptions or medical services. See how your total costs work together.
  • If you're planning to renew your current coverage for 2020, review your 2019 application to make sure it's still accurate. If it's not, update it with any income and/or household changes. This will save you time when you apply because your 2020 application will be pre-filled with your 2019 information.
Less than one month 'til 2020 Marketplace Open Enrollment!
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0400

You have less than one month until you can enroll in a 2020 Marketplace health insurance plan. Here are important dates to remember and some things you can do to get ready.

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Key dates & deadlines

  • The 2020 Open Enrollment Period runs November 1–December 15, 2019. This means you have six weeks to enroll in or renew a plan.
  • Plan coverage starts January 1, 2019.

How to get ready today for November 1

Stay ahead of the deadline with 2020 Open Enrollment reminders
Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400

2020 Open Enrollment is almost here! You can apply for or renew your coverage November 1 through December 15, 2019. Sign up for deadline reminders, useful tips, and more so you don’t miss your chance to enroll.

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3 ways to stay connected with the Marketplace

  • Get important email or text updates. Visit the homepage, and enter your email address under “Get Important News & Updates.” Click “Sign Up.”
  • Connect with someone in your community who can answer your questions. Enter your ZIP code for a list of groups and people near you. Some even offer help in languages other than English.
  • Find us on social media. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for late-breaking news and important updates.
Key 2020 Marketplace enrollment dates & deadlines
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Open Enrollment for 2020 Marketplace coverage is less than 2 months away! Make sure you don’t miss the deadline by adding these important dates to your calendar:

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2020 important dates & deadlines

  • 2020 Open Enrollment starts Friday, November 1, 2019.
  • The last day to sign up for 2020 coverage is Sunday, December 15, 2019.
  • Coverage for people who sign up during Open Enrollment starts January 1, 2020.

Note: All 2019 Marketplace plans end December 31, 2019, no matter when you enrolled.

Need coverage for the rest of 2019?

You may have other options to get or change coverage outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period. Answer these questions to see if you can apply or change through a Special Enrollment Period for the rest of 2019. You can also enroll in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) anytime. If you're eligible, coverage can begin immediately.

3 benefits Marketplace health plans must cover
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400

All Marketplace plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventive care. This is true for all plan categories (all “metal levels,” including Catastrophic plans) and all plan types (like HMO and PPO). Starting November 1, 2019, you can enroll in or renew a plan for 2020, so you can continue to get these benefits.

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What are essential health benefits?

  • Essential health benefits cover doctor’s visits, prescriptions, hospitalizations, pregnancy, and more. See the full list.
  • These benefits are covered by all Marketplace plans. Specific services covered in each broad benefit category may vary based on your state’s requirements.

Is treatment for my pre-existing condition covered?

  • All Marketplace plans must cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions. This means no insurance plan can reject you, charge you more, or refuse to pay for essential health benefits for any condition you had before your coverage started.
  • If you’re pregnant when you apply, an insurance plan can’t reject you or charge you more because of your pregnancy.

Are preventive health services included with Marketplace coverage?

  • Marketplace plans cover a set of preventive services, like shots and screening tests, which are free to you when delivered by a doctor in your plan’s network.
  • There are 3 sets of free preventive services for adults, women, and children. Check out the lists here.

Note: Health plans can offer other benefits, like vision, dental, or medical management programs for a specific disease or condition. You’ll see exactly what each plan offers when you compare on

Can you get health coverage for the rest of 2019?
Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period, you can only enroll in or change coverage if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period for a Marketplace plan, Medicaid, or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Do I qualify for a Special Enrollment Period?

If you experience certain types of life changes — like losing health coverage, getting married, or having a baby — you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in a Marketplace plan for the rest of 2019.

If you know you qualify, create an account or log into an existing one to start a Marketplace application. If you’re not sure you qualify, answer a few fast questions to find out.

Do I qualify for Medicaid or CHIP?

You can apply for Medicaid and CHIP any time of year.

To apply, fill out a Marketplace application or apply directly through your state Medicaid agency. Get more information on applying for Medicaid/CHIP.

Kick off the school year with health insurance!
Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Nobody plans to get sick or hurt, but unexpected things happen even to healthy young people, so it’s important to get health insurance. As a college student, you have several options for coverage:

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Student health plans & other options

Even if none of these options work for you, you can apply for 2020 Marketplace coverage starting November 1, 2019. Check back soon for more information.

When can I enroll in a 2020 Marketplace plan?
Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Here are some important 2020 Open Enrollment dates to mark on your calendar:

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Key 2020 Open Enrollment dates

  • The 2020 Open Enrollment Period runs from Friday, November 1, 2019, to Sunday, December 15, 2019.
  • If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2020 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
  • Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2020.

Looking for coverage for the rest of 2019? Answer these questions to see if you can apply through a Special Enrollment Period. You can also enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time, if eligible. Coverage can begin immediately.

New baby? See your health insurance options
Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400

If you or anyone in your household had a baby or adopted a child within the past 60 days, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance for the rest of 2019.

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How to apply with a Special Enrollment Period

  • New to Create an account to fill out an application for the first time.
  • Already have Marketplace coverage? Log in to update your existing 2019 application.

When will coverage start?

When you enroll in or change plans with a Special Enrollment Period, your new health coverage can start the day your baby is born or adopted, even if you enroll in the plan up to 60 days afterward.

Note: If you adopted, you may need to submit documents, like adoption letters or records, showing the name of the person who became a dependent and the date they became one.

See the other ways you may be able to get coverage outside Open Enrollment.

Special Enrollment Periods: What you need to know
Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0400

You may still be able to enroll in health insurance or change plans for the rest of 2019 if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Here are 3 things you need to know about Special Enrollment Periods:

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3 tips on getting health coverage outside Open Enrollment

  • Certain life changes make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. If you experience life events, like losing health coverage, getting married, or having a baby, you may qualify to enroll or change plans for the rest of 2019. Check out the full list of events, or answer a few quick questions to see if you’re eligible.
  • If you qualify, you have a limited window to act. You usually have up to 60 days after the life event to enroll in a plan. If you don’t act in time, you’ll have to wait until the next Open Enrollment Period to apply for 2020 coverage (unless you qualify for another Special Enrollment Period).
  • When you apply for Marketplace coverage through a Special Enrollment Period, you may be asked to provide documents to confirm the events that make you eligible. You must upload them before you can start using your coverage. You have 30 days to submit.

Learn more about getting coverage outside Open Enrollment.

Did you recently move to a new state?
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Summer is a popular time for moving. If you recently moved to a new state, you can’t keep a health insurance plan from your old one. To make sure you stay covered, report your move to the Marketplace as soon as possible. This way, you can enroll in a new plan without a break in coverage and avoid paying for coverage you can’t use in your new state.

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How to apply for health coverage in your new state

  • Moving to a new state makes you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you can enroll in new coverage or change plans even though the annual Open Enrollment Period is over.
  • How you apply depends on whether your new state uses or its own website. If your new state appears on this list, your state has its own website where you’ll apply.
  • If your state uses, follow these instructions to start a new application.

Note: If you move within the same state but new coverage options and savings aren’t available to you, update your profile anyway with your new address. This way, the correct one is on file.

Learn more about changing health insurance after moving.

This summer, put your health & well-being first
Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0400

Summer is here! Here’s how you can be more proactive with your health this season:

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3 ways to maintain your health this summer

  • Take advantage of the preventive services offered by your Marketplace plan. Preventive services include screenings for things like cancer and depression, shots, and check-ups. Note: These services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.
  • Talk to your doctor about increasing your activity. Whether it’s going on a jog, taking your dog for a walk, or working in your garden, there are many ways to incorporate activity into your life. See other ways to increase your physical activity.
  • Make time for relaxation and sleep. A good night’s rest has many physical and emotional health benefits, and sleep deprivation can impact your mood and performance. Find out how much sleep you need.

Get more tips on improving your health.