Although the deadline for 2016 health coverage with an effective date of January 1st has already passed, Open Enrollment is not over yet! In fact, this year’s Open Enrollment continues through January 31st, 2016 and you can still apply in as little as ten minutes. If you have a Qualifying Life Event (QLE), you may still be able to get a January 1st effective date, but for most people, that effective date will no longer be available. Here are the remaining important dates to keep in mind:
If you want your coverage to begin February 1st, you need to submit your application by midnight, January 15th.
If you want your coverage to begin March 1st, you need to submit your application by midnight January 31st.
The only thing that can change these effective dates is if you have a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) that makes you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. Qualifying Life Events include things like loss of minimum essential coverage through an employer or through Medicaid, a marriage, a move and more. Check out the list of Qualifying Life Events, but keep in mind that your QLE must have occurred within the last 60 days in order for you to be eligible. (more…)