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Published onAugust 18, 2016

Have a pre-existing condition? Don’t worry, you’re covered with the Marketplace

Diabetic? Chronically sick? Don’t worry! With Marketplace health insurance, your plan covers treatment for any

pre-existing medical condition
you had when you enrolled in coverage.

Published onAugust 4, 2016

Take advantage of free preventive health care with Marketplace insurance

Did you know that with a Marketplace health insurance plan

preventive services
— like shots and screening tests — are covered at no cost to you? These free preventive services can help you stay healthy and save you money in the long run.

Published onJuly 28, 2016

Understanding health insurance costs makes for better decisions

When you buy a car, you probably think first about price — your monthly payment. But other expenses — like auto insurance, gas, and maintenance — can affect your wallet. Your total costs depend on which car you buy and the expenses that come with owning a car.

Health insurance can be like that. If you look only at your monthly payment, you may find that other costs have a big impact on your household budget.

Published onJuly 14, 2016

Lose your health insurance? You may be able to enroll now

If you recently lost health insurance coverage, you may be able to enroll in Marketplace coverage with a

Special Enrollment Period
.

Published onJuly 7, 2016

Can you enroll in health insurance now?

Have you recently lost other health coverage, moved to a new home in a new ZIP code or county, gotten married, or had a baby? When big changes happen in life, you may be able to enroll in Marketplace health insurance right away with a

Special Enrollment Period
.

Image: {Woman wondering if she qualifies for a special enrollment period}

Click the button below, and answer a few questions about your major life change to find out if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period:

SEE IF YOU QUALIFY

If you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you’ll have 60 days from the life event to enroll. When you apply, you’ll also find out if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If you do, coverage can start the day you apply or earlier.

IMPORTANT When you apply, you must attest that the information you provide on the application is true, including the facts that qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period. You may be asked to submit documents that prove your eligibility to enroll.

If you already think you qualify

Start an application for Marketplace health insurance by visiting the screener landing page and selecting the third button.

Learn more about applying with a Special Enrollment Period.

Published onJune 30, 2016

Retired? You have health insurance options

If you recently retired and aren’t eligible for Medicare yet, you may be able to get health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace®.

Published onJune 23, 2016

Having a baby? You may be able to get or change health insurance outside Open Enrollment

If you recently had or adopted a baby, you may qualify for a

Special Enrollment Period
. This means you can apply and enroll in or change Marketplace health plans outside Open Enrollment.