Open Enrollment Period
The yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. For 2016 coverage, the Open Enrollment Period is November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016. People may qualify for Special Enrollment Periods allowing them to enroll outside of Open Enrollment if they have certain life events, like getting married, having a baby, or losing other coverage. (See Special Enrollment Period and Qualifying Life Event)
You can apply for Medicaid or CHIP at any time of the year.