December 21, 2017

Don’t forget to pay your premium to activate your coverage

Now that you enrolled in Marketplace insurance for 2018, don’t forget to pay your monthly premium directly to your health insurance company, not to the Health Insurance Marketplace. Your coverage won’t start until you do.

Insurance companies handle premium payments differently. Follow your insurer’s instructions about how and when to make your premium payment.

You may be able to pay online

Follow these steps to pay at HealthCare.gov:

  1. Log in to your Marketplace account.
  2. Select "Start a new application or update an existing one."
  3. Click your name in the top right, and select "My applications & coverage." Choose your 2018 application under "Your existing applications."
  4. Click the blue button "Pay your first premium."

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  5. If online payment is available, choose the green button "Pay for health plan now" to go to your insurance company’s website to pay.

Note: If your health insurance company doesn’t accept online payment, they should have contacted you with next steps. Reach out to them if you haven’t received details on how to pay or aren’t sure that you paid. For their phone number, check out your plan brochure or go to their website.

Learn more about completing your enrollment.