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Published onSeptember 28, 2017

Get ready for 2018 Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment for 2018 health insurance is right around the corner! Starting November 1, you can enroll, re-enroll, or change plans for 2018 through the Health Insurance Marketplace®. Here's what you can do now to make the application process quicker and easier:

Published onSeptember 21, 2017

Don't delay: Get your free flu shot this fall

Did you know the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu shot by the end of October? If you have Marketplace health insurance, your flu shot is free from a provider in your plan's network. Here are 3 more reasons you should get the flu shot:

Published onAugust 31, 2017

Do I qualify for Medicaid?

Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Many states have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover all people below certain income levels. Medicaid qualifications depend partly on whether your state has expanded its program.

Published onAugust 24, 2017

How to tell if your health insurance has started

Once you enroll in a Marketplace plan, you must pay your first

premium
to your health insurance company – not the Health Insurance Marketplace® – so your medical coverage can begin. If you’ve already paid your premium, you can check if your health insurance is active online or in your plan materials to make sure your health insurance has started:

Published onAugust 17, 2017

What documents to submit to confirm your Special Enrollment Period

If you applied for Marketplace coverage through a 

Special Enrollment Period
, you may need to submit documents to confirm you qualify. After you pick a plan, you have 30 days to send the documents.

Published onAugust 10, 2017

Don't worry: Marketplace insurance covers pre-existing conditions

Did you know that no insurance plan can reject you, charge you more, or refuse to pay for

essential health benefits
for a pre-existing condition?

Published onAugust 3, 2017

5 facts about Special Enrollment Periods

For most people, the deadline to enroll in a 2017 health insurance plan has passed. But you may still be able to enroll in health coverage for the rest of 2017 if you qualify for a 

Special Enrollment Period
.