Documents You Need to Apply for Obamacare

Documents & Information You Need to Apply for Health Insurance

Gather this information before you apply for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.


Updated: 2020-11-01

Before you apply for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, you'll want to gather the following information and documents:

  • The number of people in your household. offers a tool to help you figure out who to include in your household.
  • Social Security numbers, birth dates, and addresses for everyone in your household applying for coverage.
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship -- or documents proving that you are a U.S. national or "lawfully present" in the United States.
  • Employer and income information for each member of your household.
  • Your household's estimated income for the coverage year. (For example, if you're applying in November of 2020 for coverage the next year, estimate your household income for 2021.) You can use the tool for help estimating your household income.
  • Plan ID numbers and policy numbers for current health insurance plans covering you or other members of your household.
  • If you or anyone in your household is eligible for job-based health insurance, information about the plan costs and coverage for each available plan. (The Employer Coverage Tool offered by can help with this step.)
  • An estimate of how much you can spend on health insurance to help you choose the best plan from among those offered to you.

You may want to use an Application Checklist that you can print to help you keep track of everything you'll need to sign up.

For information on signing up for a plan, choose your state from the list below.

Jurisdictional relevance: US

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