New Jersey Special Enrollment Rules for Obamacare

If you missed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) deadline in New Jersey, you may still be able to get covered.

What Happens If I Missed the New Jersey Obamacare Enrollment Deadline for 2020?

Updated: 2020-07-28 by


In most states, open enrollment has closed for 2020 health plans. After open enrollment ends, you won't be able to use GetCoveredNJ to purchase a health insurance plan unless you qualify for an exception.

You Can Still Enroll If You Qualify for a “Special Enrollment” Period

Certain life events make you eligible to sign up for health insurance outside of open enrollment. The circumstances under which you may qualify for special enrollment include:

  • moving to a new state
  • having a baby or adopting a child
  • getting married or divorced
  • leaving a job and losing your insurance
  • losing coverage under your parents’ plan
  • losing coverage because someone on your plan has died
  • 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 GetCoveredNJ.

Enrollment Never Closes for Medicaid 

Medicaid is administered by states for low-income families and individuals, people with disabilities, and some other adults. You can apply for Medicaid through New Jersey's health insurance marketplace or by contacting New Jersey’s Medicaid office

You Can Buy Insurance Directly From an Insurance Company or Agent at Any Time

If you buy coverage outside of 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.

Find an agent. To find help in your area, go to Find Local Help at There, you enter your city and state or zip code to get a list of insurance agents and brokers near you.

Talk to a licensed broker. To directly connect with a New Jersey insurance broker who can help you evaluate insurance plans and choose a plan that's appropriate for your situation, call 800-943-6832. (Please note that we receive advertising income from the licensed brokers who offer their services through this telephone number.)

You Can Buy a Health Plan From GetCoveredNJ During the Next Open Enrollment Period

New Jersey Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) open enrollment for 2021 begins in the fall of 2020.


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