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Having a baby? You may be able to get or change health insurance outside Open Enrollment

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If you recently had or adopted a baby, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you can apply and enroll in or change Marketplace health plans outside Open Enrollment. When you enroll in a plan during a Special Enrollment Period, your new health coverage can begin the day your baby is born…

Retired? You have health insurance options

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If you recently retired and aren’t eligible for Medicare yet, you may be able to get health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. While retiring from a job alone doesn’t qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period, losing health insurance does. If you lost health insurance when you retired, you have 60 days to enroll…

Health Care Coverage Options for Same Sex Couples

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An insurance company that offers health coverage to opposite-sex spouses must do the same for same-sex spouses. Protections against discrimination As long as a couple is married in a jurisdiction with legal authority to authorize the marriage, an insurance company can’t discriminate against them when offering coverage. This means that it must offer to same-sex…

Attention: Report household and income changes to the Marketplace

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If you have a Marketplace health plan and your income or household has recently changed, you should report the major life change as soon as possible. Major life changes — like higher or lower income, adding or losing household members, or getting other health coverage — may affect the health insurance or savings you’re eligible…

Using your Marketplace insurance to keep you healthy

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Getting health insurance is an important first step to better health. Now that you’re covered, here are 3 ways to get the most out of your health plan: Find a provider you trust Even if you don’t need care right now, it’s important to find a doctor you can trust and work with. You usually…

4 essentials for managing your health insurance plan

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If you’re enrolled in a 2016 health insurance plan, here’s what you need to know to about getting the full benefit of your health coverage and keeping it up to date. 4 health insurance tips to use all year Pay your first month’s premium to your plan if you haven’t already. You must pay it…

Have a “qualifying life event”? You may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period.

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Open Enrollment for a 2016 Marketplace health plan is over. But in some cases, you may still be able to get health insurance for 2016. If you experience a qualifying event for health insurance — like getting married, having a baby, or losing other coverage — you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period….

No health coverage in 2015? Find out if you have to pay a fee.

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Most people who didn’t have qualifying health coverage in 2015 must either pay a fee or get a “health coverage exemption.” Exemptions are available based on a number of circumstances, like certain hardships, some life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in some groups. If you qualify and get an exemption, you don’t have to pay the…