4 Tips about the Health Insurance Marketplace®

1. You can still enroll in 2021 Marketplace insurance with a Special Enrollment Period

You can enroll in 2021 coverage or change your plan if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, due to a life event like losing other coverage, getting married, moving, or having a baby. You may also be able to enroll now if you got or were approved to get unemployment compensation in 2021. (The Marketplace will follow up with you shortly after you submit your application if you’re eligible for this Special Enrollment Period.) If eligible, you may qualify for help paying for coverage, even if you weren’t eligible in the past. Learn more about lower costs.

Not sure if you qualify? Answer a few fast questions to find out.

2. You can enroll in Medicaid/CHIP any time of year.

There's no limited enrollment period for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If you qualify, coverage can begin immediately. Learn more.

3. Don’t forget to pay your monthly premium

When you have Marketplace insurance, you'll pay your premiums directly to the insurance company — not to the Health Insurance Marketplace®. Your coverage won't start until you pay your first premium. Get more information on completing your enrollment.

4. Stay healthy & get the care you need

Read "From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You" (PDF, 698 KB) for tips on using your new health insurance.