How To Sign Up for Obamacare in Massachusetts
To sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) you can go directly to the online health insurance marketplace for Massachusetts -- or you can get help in person or over the phone.
For 2020 health plans, Massachusetts open enrollment ended on January 23, 2020. However, you may still be able to purchase health insurance for this year if you qualify for a special enrollment period; see What Happens If I Missed the Enrollment Deadline for 2020?
Where's the Massachusetts Health Care Exchange?
You can find the health insurance exchange for Massachusetts at Massachusetts Health Connector. This is where you can learn about the various health insurance options available to you under Obamacare. If you see a plan you like, you'll be guided through the enrollment process online.
Getting In-Person Help with Enrollment
In Massachusetts, if you need help understanding your options for coverage under Obamacare or signing up for a plan, you can get free assistance from either a Navigator or a Certified Application Counselor. Both serve essentially the same purpose; the primary difference between the two programs is how they are funded by the government.
Navigators or Certified Application Counselors can explain your options, answer your questions, and help you apply for the plan you choose -- but they cant recommend a specific plan for you.
Private insurance agents or brokers can also help you understand your health care coverage options under Obamacare. Unlike government-trained navigators and counselors, they are allowed to suggest the best plan for you.
Talk to a broker. To directly connect with a Massachusetts insurance broker who can help you evaluate insurance plans and choose a plan that's appropriate for your situation, call 800-943-6832. (We receive advertising income from the licensed brokers who offer their services through this telephone number.)
Getting Help by Phone
If you want answers over the phone, call the toll-free number for Massachusetts Health Connector at 877-623-6765. If you are hearing impaired, please call the TTY line: 877-623-7773.
Telephone support is available Monday through Friday from 8AM to 6PM. Currently, the support center is closed on Saturday and Sunday, though they may add extra hours during open enrollment.
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