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Health Insurance Glossary

Definitions for common health insurance terms

qualifying event

DEFINITION: A qualifying event is an event that triggers an open enrollment window for an individual or family to purchase health insurance outside of the scheduled open enrollment periods.  Includes the birth or adoption of a child, marriage or divorce, or the loss of other coverage.

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If I don’t enroll in a plan by the open enrollment deadline, what are my options after that?

If I don’t enroll in a plan by the…

August 14, 2017 – Q. If I don't enroll in a health insurance plan by the end of open enrollment (December 15), what options will I have? A. In most cases,… Read more

If I don’t make changes to my plan and just let it auto-renew for January, am I stuck with it for the rest of the year?

If I don’t make changes to my plan and…

July 10, 2017 – Q. If I don't make changes to my plan and just let it auto-renew for January, am I stuck with it for the rest of the year? A. Starting in… Read more

What are the ACA’s enrollment periods…

June 22, 2017 – Q: What are the Affordable Care Act enrollment periods and when can I enroll outside of the open enrollment period? Open enrollment for… Read more

Qualifying events that can get you…

April 18, 2017 – Even if you missed the general open enrollment, you could still have an opportunity to enroll in an ACA-compliant plan this year if you… Read more

Health insurance and high-risk pools

November 14, 2016 – Now that the consumer protections in the ACA have been fully implemented, risk pools are no longer necessary the way they were in the past.… Read more