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Open Enrollment is Now Closed: What You Need To Know About Special Enrollment

Access Health CT, Connecticut’s Health Care Exchanges, announced lasts month that it exceeded its open enrollment numbers this period, with a total of 204,358 Connecticut residents enrolling through the state’s healthcare exchange during the second open enrollment period.

While the next enrollment might open again for all eligible individuals on Nov. 15, 2015, there’s still special enrollment period when someone can enroll in or switch their Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). Health Reform: Beyond the Basics Webinar Series, a project of The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, listed out several ways individuals might be eligible to still enroll or change there QHP during the year when the open enrollment period has ended. The slides and recording from the webinar are available here.

Below is a quick outline on how an individual can qualify to enroll in or make changes to their QHP which include:

  1. Major life change (examples include: marriage, permanent move, birth, adoption, and/or placement in a foster car, and gaining eligible immigration status)
  2. Loss of health coverage (examples include: loss of eligibility for employer coverage, Medicaid (including pregnancy-related and medically needy coverage), CHIP, COBRA)
  3. Other life changing exceptional circumstances (examples include moving out of the Medicaid coverage gap)

For more information on qualify circumstances where an individual can enroll during the Special Enrollment periods please visit: www.healthreformbeyondthebasics.org.

For individuals not already enrolled in a health care plan, there is a special enrollment period opening up soon.

For Connecticut residence Access Health CT, the state’s insurance exchange, will run a special enrollment period from April 1st through April 30th.

For states that use Healthcare.gov, there’s a special enrollment period from March 15th through April 30th. More details available here.

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About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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