What Happens If I Missed the Connecticut Obamacare Enrollment Deadline for 2015?
For 2015, Obamacare's open enrollment period ended on February 15. That means it’s too late for many people to use a health insurance exchange to get coverage for 2015.
If you let the Obamacare deadline pass you by this year, here are some things to know.
You Can Still Enroll If You Qualify for a “Special Enrollment” Period
Certain life events make you eligible to sign-up for Obamacare outside of open enrolllment. They include:
- moving to a new state
- having a baby or adopting a child
- getting married or divorced
- losing coverage under your parents’ plan
- losing other types of health insurance
- gaining status as a member of an Indian tribe
- becoming an American citizen, or
- getting out of prison.
If you already have health insurance coverage through the marketplace, you may also qualify for a special enrollment period if you experience a change in income or household status that affects your eligibility for premium tax credits or cost-sharing reductions
To learn more, visit Access Health CT.
Enrollment Never Closes for Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
These programs are administered by states for low-income families and children, pregnant women, seniors, people with disabilities, and some other adults. You can apply for Medicaid and/or CHIP through Connecticut's health insurance marketplace or by contacting Connecticut’s Medicaid office.
You Can Buy Insurance Directly From an Insurance Company or Agent at Any Time
If you buy coverage outside the health insurance marketplace, your coverage will take effect soon after you pay your first premium, but you won’t qualify for the premium subsidies available through your state’s health insurance exchange.
You May Owe a Tax Penalty Next Year
For most people who don’t have insurance in 2015, the penalty will be $325 per adult plus $162.50 per child (with a family maximum of $975) or 2% of annual family income. To find out how the penalty works and what you’ll owe, see How Much Is the Obamacare Tax Penalty?
You Can Buy a Health Plan From Access Health CT During the Next Open Enrollment Period
For coverage beginning in 2017, open enrollment starts on November 1, 2016 and will continue through January 31, 2017.
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