If you’re uninsured or looking for more affordable health insurance, the “open enrollment” period is the time to visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 or visit your state’s healthcare website.
Each state has health insurance “navigators” to assist individuals with enrollment in health insurance plans. During “open enrollment”, private health insurance options can be reviewed and coverage can be purchased. People with low and moderate incomes may be able to get financial help to pay for health insurance coverage. You can also sign up for insurance outside of the open enrollment period, if you have lost your job, married, divorced or have had a baby. You may enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at any time, year round.
- November 1, 2016- open enrollment begins
- December 15, 2016- enroll before this date to have coverage January 1, 2017
- January 31, 2017- open enrollment ends
This is a good time to check your health insurance coverage and see if it still meets your healthcare needs – the right healthcare providers, adequate number of therapy visits, covered medications? You may enroll in a different plan each year or you will be automatically re-enrolled in your current plan. For more information on specific topics, the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative has a comprehensive set of materials available on disability issues and the Affordable Care Act.