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July 20, 2017

Can you enroll in health insurance right now?

When big changes happen in life, like if you have or adopt a baby, move, or get married, you may be able to enroll in Marketplace health insurance for the rest of 2017 with a Special Enrollment Period.

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Not sure if you qualify?

Note: When you apply, you must confirm the information on your application is true. You may be asked to submit documents to confirm your life change.

What if I don’t qualify?

  • You can apply for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid and CHIP any time, all year. If you qualify, you can enroll immediately.
  • If you’re not eligible for 2017 coverage, the Open Enrollment Period for a 2018 plan runs from November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

Get more information on getting covered outside Open Enrollment.

July 13, 2017

3 tips to prepare for your first doctor’s visit

Now that you have Marketplace health insurance, here are three things to remember before you visit your doctor:

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Gather what you’ll need

  • You may be asked to provide your insurance card, photo ID, completed forms they may have sent you before the appointment, and your copay, if you have one.
  • You may need to fill out other forms and read over their privacy policy after you check in.

Know your health history

  • So your doctor better understands your health and lifestyle, consider sharing your family health history and medical records, and any medications you’re taking.
  • You may want to bring someone with you, like a friend or family member.

Prepare questions

  • Before the appointment, write down any questions or concerns you may have, so you don’t forget to ask.
  • If you don’t understand what your doctor is saying, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. They’re there to help!
  • See if your doctor has any written materials you can take home and read, and if there’s a phone number you can call if you come up with questions later.

Get more information on preparing for your first doctor’s visit (PDF).

July 6, 2017

Submit documents to confirm your Special Enrollment Period

If you applied for Marketplace coverage through a Special Enrollment Period because you moved or lost other health coverage, you may be asked to submit documents to confirm you qualify.

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After you pick a plan, you have 30 days to send the documents.

How do I know if I need to submit documents?

  • After you submit your application, you’ll get details and instructions on your eligibility results screen and in a notice you can download or receive in the mail.
  • These will include information if you have to submit documents.

If you’re losing health coverage

If you moved to a new address & had prior coverage

  • You must provide documents that confirm you moved in the last 60 days AND had health coverage at least one day during the 60 days before your move.
  • See a list of accepted documents.

Ready to submit? You can submit documents 2 ways:

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