Still need health coverage? You’ve got options
Published on May 30, 2014
Even though open enrollment is over, you may still have options to get health coverage this year.
Just answer a few questions to find out if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Special Enrollment Periods
If you experience a qualifying life event, you’ll still be able to sign up for private insurance in the Marketplace.
Here are a few examples of qualifying life events:
- No longer being covered by your parents’ plan
- Getting married or divorced
- Having a baby or adopting a child
- Moving to a new area
- Losing your other health insurance including student health plans
Medicaid or CHIP coverage
You can apply for Medicaid or CHIP any time - enrollment is open all year round. If you qualify, you (or a family member) can enroll immediately.
Children and teens up to 19 can qualify for free or low-cost coverage – and parents may be eligible too. In many states, more adults than ever are eligible for Medicaid, so you can try again if you were denied Medicaid coverage in the past.