Individual & Family Health Insurance
- Getting married
- Having a baby
- Adopting a child or placing a child for adoption or foster care
- Losing other health coverage
- Examples of losing coverage that qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period:
- Losing job-based coverage for any reason:
- Your employer stops offering coverage
- You leave your job by choice
- You get laid off or fired
- Quitting a plan before the year ends doesn’t qualify.Losing coverage through a divorce
COBRA coverage ending (Note: If you cancel COBRA before it ends you don’t qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.)
- Turning 26 and losing coverage under a parent’s plan
- Losing eligibility for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)(including your child aging off CHIP)
- Be careful about dropping coverage
If you voluntarily drop coverage before the plan year ends: You don’t qualify for a
- Special Enrollment Period. You also don’t qualify if you lose coverage because you don’t pay your premium.
- If you don’t renew a job-based plan when its plan year ends:You do qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to buy a Marketplace plan. Very important: If the job-based plan you don’t renew is considered affordable and meets minimum, you won’t qualify for a premium tax credit that lowers the cost of your plan.
- Moving to a new residence
- Gaining citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S.
- Leaving incarceration
- For people already enrolled in Marketplace coverage:
- Having a change in income or household status that affects eligibility for premium tax credits or cost-sharing reductions
- Note:Voluntarily quitting a Marketplace plan mid-year doesn’t qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period.
- FYIMembers of federally recognized Indian Tribes or Alaska native shareholders can enroll in or change plans once per month any time of year (not just during Open Enrollment).
Disclaimer: These events and conditions can change at any time.