Do You Qualify for Special Enrollment?

What is special enrollment?


What is special enrollment?

Even though the 2018 open enrollment period for health insurance has ended, you can still enroll or change your health plan if you have a life event that qualifies you for special enrollment during the year.


Qualifying life events

You may qualify for special enrollment if you:

  • Were recently married
  • Had a baby, adopted a child, or placed a child for foster care
  • Gained or became a dependent due to child support or other court order
  • Lose coverage through a job, or through another person’s job; this also applies if you’re now eligible for help paying for coverage because your employer stops offering coverage or the coverage isn’t considered qualifying coverage
  • Have individual or group health plan coverage that ends during the year
  • Have coverage under your parent’s health plan (if you’re on it) and turn 26

How to enroll after a qualifying life event

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How to enroll after a qualifying life event

You have 60 days from the date of your qualifying event to choose new health insurance coverage. You must provide proof of your qualifying life event within this time or you will have to wait until the next open enrollment period (or until you experience another qualifying life event).

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  • More than 25 primary care offices throughout San Diego County
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  • Extended early morning, evening and Saturday hours available 
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  • Access to nationally ranked specialists
  • Most insurance plans accepted
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-  Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health