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  • When can I enroll in a 2020 Marketplace plan?

    Here are some important 2020 Open Enrollment dates to mark on your calendar:

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    Key 2020 Open Enrollment dates

    • The 2020 Open Enrollment Period runs from Friday, November 1, 2019, to Sunday, December 15, 2019.
    • If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2020 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
    • Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2020.

    Looking for coverage for the rest of 2019? Answer these questions to see if you can apply through a Special Enrollment Period. You can also enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time, if eligible. Coverage can begin immediately.

  • New baby? See your health insurance options

    If you or anyone in your household had a baby or adopted a child within the past 60 days, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance for the rest of 2019.

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    How to apply with a Special Enrollment Period

    • New to HealthCare.gov? Create an account to fill out an application for the first time.
    • Already have Marketplace coverage? Log in to update your existing 2019 application.

    When will coverage start?

    When you enroll in or change plans with a Special Enrollment Period, your new health coverage can start the day your baby is born or adopted, even if you enroll in the plan up to 60 days afterward.

    Note: If you adopted, you may need to submit documents, like adoption letters or records, showing the name of the person who became a dependent and the date they became one.

    See the other ways you may be able to get coverage outside Open Enrollment.

  • Special Enrollment Periods: What you need to know

    You may still be able to enroll in health insurance or change plans for the rest of 2019 if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Here are 3 things you need to know about Special Enrollment Periods:

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    3 tips on getting health coverage outside Open Enrollment

    • Certain life changes make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. If you experience life events, like losing health coverage, getting married, or having a baby, you may qualify to enroll or change plans for the rest of 2019. Check out the full list of events, or answer a few quick questions to see if you’re eligible.
    • If you qualify, you have a limited window to act. You usually have up to 60 days after the life event to enroll in a plan. If you don’t act in time, you’ll have to wait until the next Open Enrollment Period to apply for 2020 coverage (unless you qualify for another Special Enrollment Period).
    • When you apply for Marketplace coverage through a Special Enrollment Period, you may be asked to provide documents to confirm the events that make you eligible. You must upload them before you can start using your coverage. You have 30 days to submit.

    Learn more about getting coverage outside Open Enrollment.

  • Did you recently move to a new state?

    Summer is a popular time for moving. If you recently moved to a new state, you can’t keep a health insurance plan from your old one. To make sure you stay covered, report your move to the Marketplace as soon as possible. This way, you can enroll in a new plan without a break in coverage and avoid paying for coverage you can’t use in your new state.

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    How to apply for health coverage in your new state

    • Moving to a new state makes you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you can enroll in new coverage or change plans even though the annual Open Enrollment Period is over.
    • How you apply depends on whether your new state uses HealthCare.gov or its own website. If your new state appears on this list, your state has its own website where you’ll apply.
    • If your state uses HealthCare.gov, follow these instructions to start a new application.

    Note: If you move within the same state but new coverage options and savings aren’t available to you, update your HealthCare.gov profile anyway with your new address. This way, the correct one is on file.

    Learn more about changing health insurance after moving.

  • This summer, put your health & well-being first

    Summer is here! Here’s how you can be more proactive with your health this season:

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    3 ways to maintain your health this summer

    • Take advantage of the preventive services offered by your Marketplace plan. Preventive services include screenings for things like cancer and depression, shots, and check-ups. Note: These services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.
    • Talk to your doctor about increasing your activity. Whether it’s going on a jog, taking your dog for a walk, or working in your garden, there are many ways to incorporate activity into your life. See other ways to increase your physical activity.
    • Make time for relaxation and sleep. A good night’s rest has many physical and emotional health benefits, and sleep deprivation can impact your mood and performance. Find out how much sleep you need.

    Get more tips on improving your health.

  • Report household & income changes all year

    Has your family, job, or income changed this year? If you're currently enrolled in a 2019 Marketplace plan and experience household changes, update your application as soon as possible. These changes could impact your health coverage or the savings you’re getting.

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    What types of changes to report

    • Changes that affect your family size, like getting married or divorced, or having a baby
    • Changes that affect your household income, like changing jobs
    • Changes to the coverage that’s available to you, like becoming eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, or getting insurance through a job

    Read the full list of life changes.

    How to report life changes

    • Report changes to the Marketplace by updating your 2019 application.
    • Update your application online, by phone, or in person (just not by mail).
    • When you report a life change, you’ll get a new Marketplace eligibility notice. It’ll explain if you’re eligible for a Special Enrollment Period to change plans, get new savings, or enroll in a different kind of coverage.

    Learn more about reporting changes to the Marketplace.

  • Calling all graduates: You likely have health insurance options

    Congratulations, graduates! As you set out on your next life adventure, you may have several options for health coverage.

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    3 ways young adults can get health insurance

    • With a Special Enrollment Period: If your student health plan is ending, you’re moving to a new state, or you experience other life changes, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in Marketplace insurance for the rest of 2019. Answer a few fast questions to find out.

    • Under a parent’s plan: If your parent’s health insurance plan covers dependents, you can usually be added to their plan and stay on it until you turn 26. Learn more about getting on a parent’s plan.

    • Through Medicaid, if you qualify: If you’re working part time, starting a business, or otherwise are not making much money, you may qualify for Medicaid. If eligible, coverage can start right away, any time of year.

    Get more information on health insurance options for young adults.

  • Income or household changes? Update your Marketplace application ASAP

    If you're enrolled in a Marketplace plan and have changes to your income or household, update your application with these changes as soon as possible. Changes like higher or lower income, adding or losing household members, or offers of other health coverage may affect the coverage or savings you’re eligible for.

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    What changes to report

    • Changes to your expected income for the year
    • Changes in health coverage, like someone in your household getting an offer of job-based insurance
    • Changes to your household or family, like a birth, adoption, or moving to a new address
    • Corrections to name, date of birth, or Social Security number
    • Changes in disability or tax-filing status

    Check out the full list.

    How to report changes

    • Update your application online, by phone, or in person — but not by mail. Here’s how.
    • Note: If you move to a different state, you’ll need to start a new Marketplace application. Learn more.

    Get more information on reporting changes to the Marketplace.

  • Using your Marketplace insurance when you’re not sick

    Did you know you can use Marketplace health insurance benefits even when you’re not sick? Here’s how you can take advantage of your health insurance benefits all the time:

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    Get free preventive services

    • Most health plans must cover a set of preventive services, including shots, check-ups, and screening tests, at no cost to you.
    • Taking advantage of these services can prevent illnesses, disease, and other health problems, and detect illness at an early stage when treatment is likely to work best.

    Get recommended health screenings

    • Marketplace plans cover chronic disease management and rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.
    • Schedule any preventive appointments you need in advance. This way, you’ll have them on the calendar, and they won’t slip your mind.

  • 3 questions to ask your doctor

    It’s important to understand what services are covered by your insurance plan and what your costs may be before your doctor’s appointment. Here are some questions to ask:

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    Does my health plan cover my current doctor?

    • Call your doctor’s office directly and ask if they accept your coverage. You can also check your health plan’s website and their provider directory.
    • You may also want to ask your plan if you need prior authorization before your visit. Without it, you may be charged for things your health plan would have paid for.

    Does my health plan cover the services I need?

    • All private health insurance plans offered in the Marketplace offer the same set of essential health benefits, including prescription drugs, emergency services, and pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care.
    • Some plans may also offer additional coverage. If you have questions about whether a service is covered, contact your plan.

    What will my costs be?

    • Most health plans give you the best deal on services when you see a doctor who has a contract with your health plan (also called an "in-network" provider). You may be able to see doctors who don’t contract with your plan (called "out-of-network" providers), but you may pay more out of pocket.
    • You can avoid any surprises before your appointment by taking the time now to learn which services in your plan aren’t subject to your health insurance deductible. Some plans charge only a copayment for primary care visits before you meet your deductible; others offer discounts on drugs, including generic drugs.

  • Only a few days left to file 2018 taxes

    Tax day is right around the corner! Don’t miss the April 15, 2019 deadline to file 2018 taxes and report your health coverage. No matter how you got health coverage — whether through the Health Insurance Marketplace, your job, or another source — you must report your 2018 coverage status to the IRS when you file taxes.

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    Get step-by-step directions & tax forms for your situation

    You must file a federal tax return for 2018 — even if you usually don't file or your income is below the level requiring you to.

    For instructions and forms for your situation, choose your 2018 health coverage status. Your next steps will depend on how you got health coverage last year.

    Had a Marketplace plan in 2018?

    If you or anyone in your household had Marketplace health insurance in 2018, you’ll use Form 1095-A to “reconcile” your premium tax credit on your 2018 taxes.

    Can't find your 1095-A? Get help finding it.

  • 2 steps to 'reconcile' your premium tax credit on 2018 taxes

    If you had a Marketplace plan and used advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC) to lower your monthly payment, you’ll have to "reconcile" when you file your 2018 taxes.

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    Step 1: Check Form 1095-A for accuracy

    Make sure your coverage and household information on your Form 1095-A is correct. If anything is wrong, contact the Marketplace Call Center.

    Also, check your SLCSP by looking at Part III, Column B of your 1095-A, titled “Monthly second lowest-cost Silver Plan (SLCSP) premium.”

    The SLCSP premium is incorrect if:

    • Part III, Column B has a “0” or is blank for any month someone in your household had the Marketplace plan.
    • You had changes in your household that you didn’t report on your Marketplace application — like having a baby, moving, getting married or divorced, or losing a dependent.

    If either situation applies to you, use our tax tool to get your correct SLCSP premium.

    Step 2: “Reconcile” your 2018 taxes

    Now that you've made sure your SLCSP premium is correct and your coverage and household information is accurate, you’re ready to file.

  • How to check your Form 1095-A

    If anyone in your household had Marketplace health insurance in 2018, you should have already received Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, in the mail.

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    Before you file: 3 things to know about Form 1095-A

    • If you can’t find your 1095-A, check online. If your form didn’t come by mail or you can’t find it, check your online Marketplace account. When you follow these steps, be sure to choose your 2018 application, not your 2019 application.
    • Before you file, make sure your 1095-A is correct. Check basic health plan and household member information, and verify the premium for your second lowest cost Silver plan (SLCSP). If you find errors, contact the Marketplace Call Center. Don’t file your taxes until you have an accurate form.
    • You’ll use the information from your 1095-A to “reconcile” your premium tax credit. Once you have an accurate 1095-A and second lowest cost Silver plan premium, you’re ready to fill out Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit, and “reconcile.” You’ll compare the amount you used in 2018 to lower your monthly insurance payment with the actual premium tax credit you qualify for based on your final 2018 income. Get a step-by-step guide to reconciling.

  • Do you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period?

    You can now enroll in or change a Health Insurance Marketplace plan only if you have a life event — meaning a change in your situation, like getting married, having a baby, or losing health coverage — that qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period.

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    Life changes that may qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period

    • There are 4 basic types of qualifying life events: loss of health coverage, household changes, residence changes, and other qualifying events, like income changes that may affect your coverage options.
    • See the full list of all qualifying life events.

    How to apply with a Special Enrollment Period

    Learn more about getting 2019 Marketplace health coverage with a Special Enrollment Period.

  • Need to submit documents to confirm a life event?

    If you’re eligible for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in or change plans for 2019, you may be asked to provide documents to confirm the event that makes you eligible.

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    Do I need to submit documents?

    • You’ll learn if you have to provide documents after you submit your application.
    • Details and instructions appear on your eligibility results screen and in a notice you can download or get in the mail.
    • If your eligibility results don’t say you need to, just pick a plan and enroll.

    What document types can I provide?

    How long do I have to send documents?

    • After you pick a plan, you have 30 days to send documents.
    • While your coverage start date is based on when you pick a plan, you can’t use your coverage until your eligibility is confirmed and you make your first premium payment.

  • 3 things to know about 2018 taxes & Marketplace insurance

    2018 tax filing season starts January 29, 2019. You must report information about your 2018 health coverage when you file. If you had Marketplace health insurance in 2018, check out these 3 tips:

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    Keep an eye out for Form 1095-A

    Make sure your Form 1095-A is correct

    • If anything about your coverage or household is wrong, contact the Marketplace Call Center.
    • Also, make sure the information about the “second lowest cost Silver Plan” (SLCSP) is correct.
    • Don’t file your taxes until you have an accurate 1095-A.

    Get help, step-by-step instructions & tax forms

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  • 3 ways to use your new Marketplace coverage

    Now that you’re enrolled in a health plan for 2019, you can use your new coverage for regular and emergency care, prescription drugs, and preventive care.

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    Getting regular & emergency care

    • You usually pay the lowest costs for services when you see a doctor who has a contract with your health plan. Visit your health plan’s website and check their provider directory to see which doctors are covered.
    • In an emergency, you should get care from the closest hospital. Your insurance company can't charge you more for getting emergency room services at an out-of-network hospital.

    Getting prescription medications

    • Your health plan will help pay the cost of certain prescriptions. Visit your insurer’s website or review your plan’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage to see which prescriptions are covered by your new Marketplace plan.
    • Different health plans allow you to get your medications from different pharmacies. Call your insurance company or visit their website to find out if your regular pharmacy is in-network.

    Getting free preventive care

    Get more information on using your new coverage.

  • Ring in the New Year with free preventive services

    Starting in 2019, take advantage of the free preventive services — like flu shots and screening tests — available with your Marketplace plan.

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    What are preventive services?

    • Preventive services are routine health care procedures that include screenings, check-ups, and counseling to prevent illnesses, disease, and other health problems. These services can help detect illness early when treatment is likely to work best.
    • Preventive services are free when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.
    • Visit your health plan’s website and view their provider directory for a list of the doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that your plan contracts with.

    What services are covered?

    Get more information on preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management.

  • See if you may still qualify for 2019 insurance

    For most people, the deadline to enroll in 2019 health insurance has passed. But there are two ways you may still be able to get 2019 coverage:

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    Through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    • Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
    • If eligible, your coverage can start right away, any time of year. Medicaid and CHIP don’t have Open Enrollment Periods.
    • Learn more about Medicaid and CHIP, including how to apply.

    Through a Special Enrollment Period

    • Outside Open Enrollment, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period if you have certain life events, like losing health coverage, moving, getting married, having a baby, or adopting a child.
    • If you qualify, you usually have up to 60 days following the event to enroll in or change a plan.
    • Not sure your life event makes you eligible? Just answer a few fast questions to find out.

  • Pay your premium: Make sure your coverage starts January 1

    Now that you’ve enrolled in 2019 Marketplace insurance, you must pay your monthly premium for your coverage to start. You pay your premiums directly to the insurance company.

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    How to pay your premium

    Each insurance company handles premium payments differently. Follow your plan’s instructions about how and when to pay your premium. Make sure you continue your monthly payments. If you don’t, the insurance company could end your coverage.

    You may be able to pay your monthly premium online at HealthCare.gov. Follow these steps:

    1. Log in to your Marketplace account.
    2. Click your name in the top right, and select "My Applications & Coverage." Choose your application under "Your Existing Applications."
    3. Click the blue button "Pay Your First Health Insurance Monthly Premium."
    4. If online payment is available, choose the green button "Pay for Health Plan Now" to go to your insurance company’s website to pay.

    If your health insurance company doesn't accept online payment, they should have contacted you with next steps. Reach out to them if you haven’t received details on how to pay or aren’t sure if you paid.

    Learn more about completing your enrollment by paying your premium.

  • 2019 Open Enrollment is over, but you may still have options

    If you missed the Open Enrollment deadline and didn’t enroll in 2019 Marketplace health insurance, you may still be able to get coverage for 2019 two ways:

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    Enroll in or change 2019 plans with a Special Enrollment Period

    • If you experience certain life changes, like losing health coverage, getting married, or having a baby, you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you may be able to sign up for health insurance at other times during the year.
    • See the full list of life events that may qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period.
    • Not sure whether your life event qualifies? Answer a few questions to find out.

    Apply for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year

    • Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some people with limited income, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
    • If you qualify, your coverage can start right away, any time of year.
    • Learn how to apply for Medicaid and CHIP.

  • Time’s running out for 2019 Marketplace insurance

    Open Enrollment for 2019 Marketplace insurance ends next Saturday, December 15. This means you have just over one week to enroll in, re-enroll in, or change a 2019 Marketplace plan.

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    Beat the December 15 deadline

    • First time applying at HealthCare.gov? Create an account.
    • Have 2018 Marketplace insurance? Log in to update your application and compare plans for 2019. If you don’t, you may be automatically re-enrolled for January 1, but you'll miss out on other options. New plans may be available, and your financial assistance may not be correct.

    Questions? Help is available

  • Important: Update & compare plans by December 15

    You can renew, change, or update your Marketplace plan for 2019 until December 15, 2018. That’s about 2 weeks away! If you don't update your application and enroll in a plan by the deadline, you may be automatically enrolled in a 2019 plan. While automatic enrollment is a good fallback, you may want to choose another option.

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    Log in, update & compare

    • Log in to your HealthCare.gov account to update your application with your expected 2019 income and household information.
    • Compare your current plan with other available 2019 plans. You may find a new 2019 plan with coverage and features that better meet your needs — especially if you’re expecting income or household changes.
    • Even if you want to keep your same plan, we strongly recommend that you update your information and check out all the plans available to you. If you don’t, you could miss out on savings and a plan better suited for your lifestyle.
    • Learn more about changing and renewing coverage for 2019.

  • 3 reasons to enroll in 2019 Marketplace coverage

    Staying healthy is important. This Thanksgiving, give yourself the peace of mind that comes with having health insurance. You have until December 15, 2018 to enroll in or change health insurance for 2019.

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    Why bother with health insurance?

    • Health insurance provides financial protection in case you have a serious accident or illness. For example, a broken leg can cost up to $7,500. Health coverage can help protect you from high, unexpected costs.
    • With Marketplace coverage, you’ll get access to preventive services — like shots and screening tests — at no cost to you. Getting recommended preventive services is a key step to good health and well-being.
    • When you apply for insurance using the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll find out if you qualify for savings that can make insurance less expensive. Before you apply, select your household size, state, and income range to see if you may qualify for financial help.

    Ready to apply? See the different ways to apply for 2019 health insurance.

  • 2019 Open Enrollment ends in one month!

    Attention: Open Enrollment ends December 15, 2018. You have just one month to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance for 2019.

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    Take action & apply

    Questions? Help is available

  • Get a quick idea of 2019 savings and costs

    You have until December 15, 2018 to enroll in or change 2019 Marketplace health insurance. Before you apply, get a quick idea of what your costs may be.

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    Is your income in the range to save?

    Ready to apply?

  • Open Enrollment for 2019 Marketplace coverage is here!

    Starting today, you can apply for new 2019 health insurance — or renew, change, or update your 2018 health plan for 2019.

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    Important dates

    Before you apply: Preview plans & get ready

    Ready to apply now? See the different ways to apply for 2019 health insurance.

  • Preview 2019 plans & prices today

    November 1–December 15, 2018, is when you can enroll in or renew a 2019 plan. Get a head start, and preview 2019 plans with personalized price estimates right now.

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    How to preview 2019 plans and prices

    • Answer a few brief questions about your estimated 2019 income and household to see available health insurance plans and estimated prices.
    • Not sure how to estimate your income? Learn how.
    • You’ll see exact prices later when you fill out or update your Marketplace application.

    More on 2019 Open Enrollment & plan shopping

  • Find out what Marketplace health plans cover

    All Marketplace plans cover the same set of essential health benefits, preventive care, and pre-existing conditions. Starting November 1 you can enroll in or renew a plan for 2019, so you’ll continue to have access to these benefits.

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    What are essential health benefits?

    • Essential health benefits are a set of 10 categories of services — including doctor's visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drugs, pregnancy and childbirth, mental health, and more — that health insurance plans must cover.
    • Plans must also offer birth control and breastfeeding coverage.
    • These are the minimum requirements for all Marketplace plans. Plans may offer more benefits. You’ll see exactly what’s covered when you compare plans.

    What’s preventive care?

    • Most health plans must cover a set of preventive services — like shots and screening tests — at no cost to you.
    • Preventive services are used to prevent illnesses, disease, and other health problems, or to detect illness at an early stage when treatment is likely to work best.
    • These services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.

    What’s coverage for pre-existing conditions?

    • All Marketplace plans must cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes, or cancer.
    • Marketplace plans can’t deny you coverage or raise your rates based only on your health.
    • Pregnancy is also covered from the day your plan starts.

  • Open Enrollment is less than one month away!

    You have less than one month until you can start enrolling in a 2019 Marketplace health insurance plan. See important dates to remember, and learn things you can do now to prepare.

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    Important dates to know

    • The 2019 Open Enrollment Period runs from November 1 to December 15, 2018. This means you have six weeks to enroll in or renew a plan.
    • Plan coverage starts January 1, 2019.

    Get ready today to apply November 1

    • Gather everything you need to apply by using this checklist (PDF).
    • Review quick tips about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
    • Return to HealthCare.gov shortly before Open Enrollment starts to preview 2019 health plans and prices before you apply.

  • Stay healthy with your free flu shot this fall

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. With your Marketplace health plan, your flu shot is free from a provider in your plan's network.

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    Quick answers about the flu shot

    • Why get vaccinated: The flu shot helps keep you and the people around you healthy. According to the CDC, getting the flu shot lowers the risk of flu illnesses, doctor's visits, hospitalizations, and missed work and school.
    • When to get vaccinated: It’s best to get the shot before the flu starts spreading in your community, so try to get it by the end of October. Flu viruses are most common in the fall and winter.
    • Where to go: Getting the flu shot may be more convenient than you think. Enter your ZIP code to find a clinic near you.
    • How much it costs: Most health plans cover a set of preventive services — including the flu shot — at no cost to you when delivered by a doctor or provider in the plan’s network.

    Get more flu information from the CDC.

  • What to look for when comparing plans

    Open Enrollment for 2019 health coverage starts November 1. Knowing just a few things before you apply can make choosing a plan simpler and easier.

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    3 things to know about picking a health insurance plan

    • There are 4 categories of health insurance plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. These categories show how costs are shared between you and your plan. Plan categories have nothing to do with quality of care.
    • It’s important to think about your total health care costs, not just the premium. Other out-of-pocket costs have a big impact on your total health care spending — sometimes more than the premium. Get more information on how these costs work together to make up your total spending.
    • There are different types of Marketplace health insurance plans designed to meet different needs. Some plans may limit your provider choices or encourage you to get care from the plan’s network of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other medical providers. Other plans may pay a greater share of costs for providers outside the plan’s network. Learn more about health insurance plans and network types.

    Before you come back to apply for 2019 coverage on November 1, get more tips on picking a health insurance plan that’s right for you.

  • 3 ways to get ready for 2019 Open Enrollment

    Open Enrollment starts November 1. Here’s what you can do now to make the application process smoother.

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    3 easy ways to prepare for 2019 Open Enrollment

    • Gather everything you need before you apply. When you apply for or renew your coverage, you’ll be asked to give household, income, and current coverage information. Save yourself time and stress by reviewing this Marketplace checklist (PDF) in advance to make sure you have everything you need.
    • If you have 2018 Marketplace coverage, review your current application to make sure it's still accurate. If it’s not, update your application with any income and/or household changes. If you don’t update your application, you might not get the right amount of premium tax credit or other savings. Starting November 1, you can access your pre-filled 2019 application based on the information you gave for 2018.
    • Set an Open Enrollment deadline reminder. Open Enrollment ends December 15. If you have a 2018 Marketplace plan, you may be automatically enrolled in the same plan (or a similar one) for 2019 if you don’t act by the deadline. This may not be your best option, so be sure to compare all available plans. Mark December 15 on your calendar so you don’t miss out on a plan that may be a better fit for you for 2019.

  • Never miss a deadline with 2019 Open Enrollment reminders

    Open Enrollment for 2019 Marketplace health insurance runs November 1–December 15. Connect with us today so you don’t miss out on deadline reminders, useful tips, and other information about your health coverage.

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    Stay up-to-date with the Marketplace

    • Subscribe to email or text updates. Visit the HealthCare.gov homepage and enter your email address under “Get Important News & Updates.” Click “Sign Up.”
    • Find someone in your area to answer questions. Assistors in your community with special Marketplace training are available to help you. Enter your ZIP code to see a list of groups and people near you.
    • Connect with us on social media. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for the latest updates.

  • When can I enroll in a 2019 Marketplace plan?

    Open Enrollment for 2019 Marketplace coverage starts in just a few short months. Here are some important enrollment dates to mark on your calendar:

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    Key 2019 Open Enrollment dates

    • The 2019 Open Enrollment Period runs from Thursday, November 1, 2018, to Saturday, December 15, 2018.
    • If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2019 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
    • Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2019.

    For other essential enrollment information, get a quick overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace.

  • Heading back to school? See student health insurance options

    As you get ready for the upcoming school year, don’t leave health insurance off your back-to-school checklist. Getting health insurance may be more affordable — and simpler — than you think. As a college student, there are several options available to you:

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    Ask your college about student health plans

    Stay on your parent’s plan if you’re under 26

    • If a parent’s health insurance plan covers dependents (no matter whether they got their plan through their job or the Marketplace), you usually can be added to their plan and stay on it until you turn 26.
    • Learn more about staying (or getting on) a parent’s plan.

    Get your own Marketplace plan

    • At HealthCare.gov, you’ll find a variety of plans and prices available to you. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for savings based on your income. But if someone will claim you as a tax dependent on next year’s tax return, you won’t be eligible for extra savings.
    • You may be able to get coverage for the rest of 2018 if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Answer a few fast questions to find out.
    • If you don’t qualify, you can apply for a 2019 Marketplace plan starting November 1.

  • 3 ways to use your health plan when you’re feeling well

    Health insurance isn’t only for when you’re sick. You can use it to maintain your health. Understanding how your coverage works before you need care can also make things easier if you get sick.

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    Take advantage of free insurance benefits anytime

    • Get preventive services, like the flu shot or a depression screening, that are right for you.
    • Being proactive with preventive care can prevent illnesses, diseases, and other health problems, or detect illness at an early stage when treatment is likely to work best.
    • These services are free when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.

    Even if you don’t need care right now, find a doctor you can trust

    • Taking the time to find a doctor you trust when you’re feeling well can save you stress when you get sick.
    • You usually pay less if you choose a doctor in your network. Visit your health plan’s website and check the provider directory to see who’s in your network.

    Understand your costs before you need care

    • It’s important to learn which services in your plan aren’t subject to your health insurance deductible.
    • Some plans charge only a copayment for primary care visits before you meet your deductible; others offer discounts on drugs, including generic drugs.
    • Knowing your costs up front can prevent the stress of unexpected costs later on.

  • Have a pre-existing condition? Your health coverage isn't affected

    Did you know all Marketplace plans must cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes, and cancer?

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    What’s a pre-existing condition?

    • A pre-existing condition is a health problem you had before the date that your new health coverage starts.
    • Pre-existing conditions include epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, lupus, sleep apnea, and many more.

    Can a health insurance company deny me or charge me more for my pre-existing condition?

    • No. An insurance company can’t deny you, charge you more, or refuse to pay for essential health benefits because of any condition you had before your coverage started.
    • Also, Marketplace plans can't put annual or lifetime limits on your coverage.
    • Learn more about coverage for pre-existing conditions.

    Is pregnancy treated as a pre-existing condition?

    • Yes. If you were pregnant before you applied, your insurance plan can't reject you or charge you more because of your pregnancy.
    • Once you're enrolled, your pregnancy and childbirth are covered from the day your plan starts.
    • Get more information on coverage for pregnancy and childbirth.

  • 3 things to know about Special Enrollment Periods

    The deadline to enroll in or change 2018 health insurance plans has passed. But you may still be able to enroll for the rest of 2018 if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Here are 3 important things to know about applying with a Special Enrollment Period:

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    Certain life events make you eligible

    You have a limited window to enroll

    • You usually have up to 60 days after the life event to enroll in a plan.
    • If you don’t act in time, you’ll have to wait until the next Open Enrollment Period from November 1–December 15, 2018, to enroll for 2019.

    You may need to submit documents to confirm your eligibility

    Learn more about getting coverage outside Open Enrollment.

  • Now that you’re covered, compare doctors in your plan

    Your relationships with your doctors and other care providers can have a big impact on your health care. Now that you’re covered, there are resources to help you pick doctors, hospitals, and other providers that work for you and your plan.

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    Find a doctor in your plan

    • To find out if a certain health care provider participates in your plan's network, call your insurance company or look at their website.
    • Using a doctor in your network usually saves you money.

    Compare doctors & hospitals

    • These tools let you search and compare the quality of providers, hospitals, and other care facilities in your area.
    • In some states, certain Marketplace plans have quality ratings that can help you compare.

    Get more information on using your coverage and improving your health.

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