Special Enrollment Period for Newly Married Couples

What is special enrollment?

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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, such as being newly married.


Change in household size

You may qualify for Special Enrollment if you or anyone in your household:

  • 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

Note: If you gained or became a dependent due to marriage, then one spouse

must have had qualifying health coverage for one or more days in the

60 days prior to the marriage. This doesn’t apply if the spouse was living in a

foreign country or a U.S. territory for one or more days in the 60 days prior to

the marriage, or is a member of a federally recognized tribe or a shareholder in

an Alaska Native Corporation.


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 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).

Switch to Scripps during special enrollment

Making a switch to Scripps gives you and your family access to a vast network of primary care doctors, with locations throughout San Diego, and nationally recognized specialists. Call now: 858-678-7978


Why choose Scripps

  • More than 25 primary care offices throughout San Diego County
  • Most locations offer on-site lab and imaging services for convenience
  • Extended early morning, evening and Saturday hours available 
  • 4 Emergency Departments and 3 Urgent Care Centers 
  • Access to nationally ranked specialists
  • Most insurance plans accepted
U.S. News & World Report Award

The combined programs of Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla rank No. 1 in the San Diego region, and are among the best in the nation in eight specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list.

“While we are deeply honored by this recognition, it’s really our patients who are the winners because they have access to outstanding health care right here at home.”

-  Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health