Many people have questions about the future of health insurance in the United States. It’s important to know that at this time, nothing has changed and options still remain available for the 2017 calendar year. This includes coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as “ObamaCare”.
The Open Enrollment Period for the Health Insurance Marketplace ended on Jan. 31, but you can still sign up within 60 days of these Special Life Events, also called a Special Enrollment Period:
- Loss of coverage: Loss of insurance from a job, cobra, BadgerCare Plus, student health plan, or turning 26 and losing parent’s insurance
- Changes in household size: Birth or adoption, marriage, divorce, legal separation, or death
- Moving: A permanent move to a new county
- Immigration: Attained citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S.
- Tribal membership: Members of a federally recognized tribe may enroll at any time of the year.
- Release from incarceration or jail
To find out if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, visit www.healthcare.gov/screener.
It is important to note that there is no deadline for BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin’s Medicaid Program and people can apply any day of the year. This program is for low-income adults, parents, and children.
Need help signing up for health insurance? There are a variety of community organizations that provide free, in-person help. Call 2-1-1 to find local help or contact Partnership Community Health Center. You may also use this online tool to “Find Local Help.” Enter your zip code and book an in-person appointment with a local application assister.
Covering Wisconsin has created a how-to sheet that lists the reasons why someone may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, available for download at www.coveringwi.org/learn.