Outside the Open Enrollment Period, you can enroll in a private health plan through the Marketplace only if you qualify for a special enrollment period.
You can qualify for a Special Enrollment Period if either of the following applies to you:
You have a qualifying life event like having a baby, getting married, or losing other coverage. Learn more about special enrollment periods and other coverage options outside Open Enrollment.
You have other complicated situations, as described on this page.
Below are cases and examples that may also qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period.
You faced a serious medical condition or natural disaster that kept you from enrolling. For example:
Misconduct by a non-Marketplace enrollment assister (like an insurance company, navigator, certified application counselor, or agent or broker) resulted in you:
The insurance company was unable to process your enrollment because of a technical error between the Marketplace and the insurance company.
An error in the processing of applications or system caused you to get an incorrect immigration eligibility result when you tried to apply for coverage.
Incorrect plan data was displayed at the time that you selected your health plan, such as benefit or cost-sharing information. This includes issues where some consumers were allowed to enroll in plans offered in a different area, or enroll in plans that don’t allow certain categories of family relationships to enroll together.
Your application was stopped due to specific error messages. For example, you received a "data sources down" error message or another error message that didn’t allow you to enroll.
You’re working with a caseworker on an enrollment issue that didn’t get resolved before February 15.
You're a survivor of domestic abuse/violence or spousal abandonment and want to enroll in your own health plan separate from you abuser or abandoner. You can do so by contacting the Marketplace Call Center.
If you’re married to your abuser/abandoner, you can answer on your Marketplace application that you’re unmarried, without fear of penalty for mis-stating your marital status. You then become eligible for a premium tax credit and other savings on a Marketplace plan, if you qualify based on your income.
If you qualify for this SEP, you'll have 60 days to enroll in a Marketplace plan.
Other system errors that kept you from enrolling, as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
If you think you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)
The representative will ask for information about your situation to determine if your circumstances qualify you for a special enrollment period. The representative will help you apply and enroll in coverage.
If you’re already enrolled in a plan and you get a Special Enrollment Period, you can stay in your current plan in most cases, or you can switch plans. In some limited cases, you may qualify for an earlier effective date of coverage. Remember, you must make the first premium payment before your coverage becomes effective.
If your request for a Special Enrollment Period is denied, you can file an appeal. If the denial is found incorrect, you can get coverage back to the date your special enrollment period was denied.
How to file an appeal:
Select your state’s appeal form, download it, and fill it out
Mail your appeal to:
Health Insurance Marketplace
465 Industrial Blvd.
London, KY 40750-0061
When possible, include a copy of any eligibility determination notice or other official notice you received. This isn’t required, but will help us process your appeal.
When mailing the appeal request to the Health Insurance Marketplace, be sure to include the last 4 digits of the London, KY Zip code (40750-0061). This will help your appeal arrive faster.