Open Enrollment is an annual period of time when you can apply for health insurance. This is the one time each year that you don't need a "qualifying event" (like a marriage, move, or birth of a child) in order to change your health insurance plan. We always encourage people to take advantage of the Open Enrollment period by looking at all their options so you can find the plan that best meets your needs at the lowest cost.
For 2017, the open enrollment deadlines are as follows:
- Apply between Nov 1, 2016 – Dec 15, 2016 for coverage starting Jan 1, 2017
- Apply between Dec 16, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017 for coverage starting Feb 1, 2017
- Apply between Jan 16, 2017 – Jan 31, 2017 for coverage starting Mar 1, 2017
If you apply for a plan after Jan 31, 2017 you'll need a qualifying life event to qualify for "special enrollment."