If you are uninsured or searching for affordable health insurance, now is the time for you to look. During “open enrollment” you can purchase private health insurance through the marketplace in each state. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for assistance with your health insurance costs. Despite calls for the repeal of the law, people can still purchase health insurance until the law is repealed or major changes are made.
If you currently have insurance through the marketplace, you should look at your current plan and determine if it will continue to meet your needs, or select a better plan. If you do not take action, you will be automatically re-enrolled in your current plan or a similar plan. You should carefully review all health insurance notices and updates. Re-enrollment provides an important opportunity to report any changes to your income. If your income has increased, reporting changes to the marketplace may help you avoid paying future penalties. The key dates for the 2017 open enrollment period are:
- November 1, 2016–open enrollment begins
- December 15, 2016–enroll before this date to have coverage January 1, 2017
- January 31, 2017–Open enrollment ends