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Miss open enrollment? You still have options.
How you could still be eligible for ACA-compliant health insurance – and if you aren’t – how you can stay insured until November 15
- By Steve Anderson
- healthinsurance.org editor
- August 29, 2014
Obamacare’s first open enrollment period has passed and many Americans are convinced that affordable health insurance is out of reach. In truth, millions with special circumstances are still eligible to enroll outside of open enrollment.
What’s more, those who aren’t eligible still have insurance options that can provide a safety net until the next open enrollment period, which starts November 15.
You’ve still got coverage options
You may be able to buy an ACA-compliant major medical policy right now if you’ve had a qualifying event – a major life change that makes you eligible for a special enrollment period. (For more specifics, read our guide to qualifying events, or call 1-800-987-6810 to discuss your specific situation with an expert.)
Even if you’re not eligible for a special enrollment period, you don’t have to wait for coverage until November (and we strongly advise that you don’t). This site can help you understand coverage options like short-term health plans. (A short-term policy can be considerably less expensive than a qualified health plan – and you can often get coverage within a day.)
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