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Special Enrollment Qualifying Events

You can only apply for Affordable Care Act / Obama Care during the open enrollment period. For 2013-2014 year, the open enrollment is from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.  Afterwards, the open enrollment is from Oct 15 to December 7.

If you experience a qualifying event, then you can apply for health insurance during the special enrollment.  Special enrollment period is usually 60 days from your qualifying event.

What is a Qualifying Event?

  • You become unemployed/layoff  or you experience reduction in the number hours of work
  • Change in income
  • Change in Marriage Status (Marriage / Divorce)
  • Change in Dependents (Birth of new baby, adoption)
  • You moved to a new state that has different insurance coverage
  • Basically any life-changing events