4 Tips about the Health Insurance Marketplace®

1. You can enroll in 2021 health insurance

You can enroll in Marketplace health coverage through August 15 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. More people than ever before qualify for help paying for health coverage, even those who weren’t eligible in the past. Learn more about new, lower costs.

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 can enroll any time.

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.