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 turning 26.
You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period if you (or anyone in your household) lost qualifying health coverage (or “minimum essential coverage”). Some examples of qualifying coverage include:
- Coverage under your parent’s health plan (if you’re on it). If you turn 26 and lose coverage, you can qualify for this Special Enrollment Period.
- 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.
- Individual or group health plan coverage that ends during the year.
Note: This doesn’t include loss of coverage because you didn’t pay your premiums or if your coverage was taken away because of fraud or intentional misrepresentation.
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).
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