Enrollment is now limited to those with a qualifying life event
Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, most Americans are required to have health insurance coverage. That coverage is available only during an open enrollment period.
- Open enrollment for 2016 coverage ended January 31, 2016.
- Open enrollment for 2017 coverage is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.
Once the open enrollment window is closed you cannot buy health insurance coverage unless you experience a major life event.
Major life events may qualify you for a special enrollment period
Outside the open enrollment period, you can enroll in health insurance within 60 days of:
- Getting married
- Adopting or giving birth to a child
- Losing coverage (for example, through divorce, job loss, loss of Medicaid or other program status)
- A change that affects your eligibility for tax credit subsidies
If you have a qualifying life event and need to change or apply for coverage, call a BCBSND benefits consultant at
800-280-BLUE (2583) or get a quote and apply online now.
*In 2016, the government penalty for being uninsured is a minimum fine of $695 per individual or $2,085 per family.