What Happens If I Miss the New York Obamacare Enrollment Deadline for 2021?

What Happens If I Miss the New York Obamacare Enrollment Deadline for 2021?

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


Updated: 2021-01-28 by

For 2021 health plans, New York's open enrollment ends on March 31, 2021. After that date, unless you qualify for an exception, it will be too late to sign up for a 2021 health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.

If you let the ACA deadline pass you by, 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 health insurance outside of open enrollment. The circumstances under which you may qualify for special enrollment include:

  • moving to a new state
  • getting pregnant
  • 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 NY State of Health.

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 York's health insurance marketplace or by contacting New York’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.

You May Owe a Tax Penalty Next Year

For most people who don’t have insurance in 2017, the penalty will be $695 per adult plus $347.50 per child (with a family maximum of $2,085) or 2.5% of annual family income, whichever is greater. To find out how the penalty works and what you’ll owe, see How Much Is the Obamacare Tax Penalty?

The penalty amounts for people who go without insurance in 2018 have not yet been announced, but they are expected to increase slightly.

You Can Buy a Health Plan From NY State of Health During the Next Open Enrollment Period

Unless the Affordable Care Act is changed or repealed, open enrollment for 2022 will begin in the fall of 2021.


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