If you had Marketplace health insurance in 2016, you can renew, change, or update your plan for 2017 during the Open Enrollment Period, November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Important: You should update income and household information on your 2017 application so you get the right amount of financial assistance for the year. You can then compare all available plans and enroll in any one you like.

You can log in to take action for 2017 as soon as November 1, 2016. Enroll by December 15, 2016 and your new coverage can start January 1, 2017.

Coming soon: 2017 plans and prices

You can preview 2017 plans and prices on HealthCare.gov shortly before November 1.

Your 2017 insurance status

Between late September and November 1, 2016, you should get 2 letters: one from your current insurance company and one from the Marketplace. Together they explain your 2017 coverage status, which plan (if any) you’ll be enrolled in or matched with if you don’t act by December 15, any changes in your coverage and financial help, and directions if you need to send the Marketplace any documents.

If you don’t get your insurance company letter by November 1, 2016, contact your insurance company. If you don’t get the Marketplace letter by then, contact the Marketplace.

Important: Update & compare plans for 2017

No matter what plan you want to enroll in, we strongly recommend you update your Marketplace application with your most recent income and household information and compare your current plan to what’s available for 2017. You can do this as soon as November 1, 2016.

  • New, affordable plans that meet your needs may be available this year. Plans and prices change every year. Your situation may have changed too. You may find 2017 plans with coverage and features that better meet your needs — especially if you’ve had or expect income or household changes.
  • Update your application so your 2017 financial help is correct. Financial help is based on your expected income for 2017 (not last year’s income). If you don’t update your income and household information, your premium tax credit and other savings could be inaccurate for 2017. If you have the wrong financial help:
    • You could wind up paying more for your monthly premium than you have to.
    • You may use more advance payments of the premium tax credit than you qualify for. You’d then have to pay back some or all of the difference when you file your federal taxes.
  • You may be automatically enrolled for 2017 — but we strongly recommend you update your application and check out new insurance plans first. If you don’t renew or enroll in a plan by December 15, 2016, you may be automatically enrolled in the same or a similar plan. This way you’ll be covered January 1, 2017. But the best way to make sure you have a 2017 plan that meets your current needs, and with the financial help you qualify for, is to log in as soon as November 1, 2016 to update your information and see all the plans available to you for 2017. You should do this even if you want to keep the same plan.
  • In some cases, you won’t be automatically enrolled in the same or a similar plan. Just enroll in any available plan by December 15, 2016 to make sure you’re covered on January 1, 2017.

More answers: Change, update, or cancel your plan for 2017

What if my premium went up, my coverage changed, or I don’t like the plan I’m being offered for 2017?

Just log into your HealthCare.gov account as soon as November 1, 2016, update your application, and check out the plans available to you for 2017. New plans, prices, and features may be available.

If you don’t enroll in a new plan by December 15, 2016, you may be automatically enrolled in or matched with a 2017 plan. That way you’ll be covered on January 1, 2017. But you can change plans any time until January 31, even if the plan you were enrolled in has started.

2017 plans and prices will be available for preview shortly before November 1, 2016.

Can I change to a health insurance plan outside the Marketplace?

Yes. But the only way to get a premium tax credit and other savings is to buy your plan through the Marketplace.

If you know your income is too high to qualify for a premium tax credit, you may want to explore plans outside the Marketplace.

Note: Plans inside and outside the Marketplace have similar basic features, but some outside-the-Marketplace plans have different costs and other important details. If you’re looking at plans outside the Marketplace, be sure to compare them to plans in the Marketplace too.

Learn about buying a plan outside the Marketplace.

Why is my premium tax credit different from what I had in 2016?

Your premium tax credit is based on the most current information available about your income and household size. That may be information on your 2016 application, or information from other sources, like the IRS.

Financial help is based on your expected income for 2017, not last year’s income.

That’s why it’s so important to update your application with income and household changes you expect for 2017. It's the only way to be sure you’ll get the right tax credit and other savings for the year.

Update your application as soon as November 1, 2016. Select a plan by December 15, 2016, and you’ll have the right amount of savings, and the plan you want, starting January 1, 2017.

Plan premiums in your area may have changed too, and that can affect your premium tax credit.

Why does my Marketplace notice say I won't get a premium tax credit this year?

There are several possible reasons. But even if you’re told you don’t qualify for financial help, update your application for 2017, and if necessary take the actions below. You may find out that you do qualify for financial help.

Possible reasons you’ve been told you may not qualify for a premium tax credit next year:

  • Updated income information from the IRS may show that you don't qualify for 2017.
  • You may need to send us information or take other actions before you qualify for a 2017 premium tax credit. Your notice will provide instructions and deadline information.
  • We may not have a record showing you filed a federal income tax return to reconcile a premium tax credit you used in 2015. If you don't file a tax return for years you use a premium tax credit, we can't continue to offer you one.
  • When you filled out your 2016 Marketplace application, you didn't allow the Marketplace to use your updated tax information automatically for future years. If the protection of automatic enrollment is important to you, you can update your application to allow us to use updated income information in the future.
My health insurance company letter says it isn’t offering my plan this year. What are my options?

If your insurance company letter says they aren’t offering your plan or a similar plan through the Marketplace in your area for 2017, you’ll be matched with an alternate plan.

We strongly encourage you to update your Marketplace application starting November 1, 2016 and review all plans available to you for 2017. Enroll in one by December 15, 2016 and your new coverage can start January 1, 2017.

  • To protect you from a gap in coverage, if you don’t choose a plan by December 15, 2016 and the Marketplace has matched you with an alternate plan offered by another insurance company, we’ll enroll you in that plan.
  • You’re under no obligation to activate this new plan. (Your plan isn’t activated until you pay your first monthly premium.)
  • You can change to a different plan any time until January 31, 2017.

If you have questions about your plan’s availability for 2017, call your current health insurance company.

When does my 2016 Marketplace plan end?

All 2016 Marketplace plans end December 31, 2016 no matter when you enrolled.

What are the deadlines for 2017 coverage?
  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts
  • December 15, 2016: The last day to enroll and have your coverage start January 1, 2017
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to sign up for 2017 coverage. Coverage starts March 1, 2017

If you don’t enroll by January 31, you can’t enroll in a health insurance plan for the rest of 2017 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.