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Qualifying Life Event for Special Enrollment Period

Published on February 19, 2016

Open Enrollment for a 2016 Marketplace health plan is over. But in some cases, you may still be able to get health insurance for 2016.

  • If you experience a qualifying event for health insurance — like getting married, having a baby, or losing other coverage — you may be eligible for a . If you do, you can enroll in a Marketplace plan outside the annual Open Enrollment Period.
  • You can apply for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year. If you qualify, coverage can start immediately.
  • Members of federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native shareholders can enroll in Marketplace coverage any time of year. They can change plans as often as once a month.

Are you eligible?

Just answer a few questions to find out if you qualify for either a Special Enrollment Period or Medicaid and CHIP.

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