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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period

The Affordable Care Act’s (Obama Care) open enrollment period is when consumers (and small businesses) can purchase health insurance plans that include new health reform provisions and required benefits.  The first open enrollment for 2014 starts from October 1, 2013 (Tuesday to March 31, 2014.

For future years, after 2015 and beyond, the expected open enrollment for Affordable Care Act/Obama Care is from October 15 to December 7.  Consumers my also qualify for Special Enrollment Periods outside of Open Enrollment if they experience certain events (moving to new state, divorce, marriage, having a baby, loss of income).

Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment Period will align with Medicare’s Open Period which is traditionally from October 15 to December 7 of each year.

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Starts on October 1, 2013

Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care, will start open enrollment on October 1, 2013.  Most experts advise proceeding with caution as the new insurance system is untested and there is bound to have kinks and glitches in the beginning.  One expert quoted as saying, “Don’t wait.  But don’t hurry either.”

Affordable Care Act Marketplace Opens

Although the open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013, you can start planning and gather information to get ready for the open enrollment.  You will need

  • Social Security Numbers of all member in your household
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage
  • Policy numbers of any current health insurance (if available, not necessary)
  • A completed Employer Coverage Form detailing employment/employer information