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Time Is Running Out: Open Enrollment Ends on March 31, 2014

Posted 7:58 PM by Registration

Time is running out to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Simply put, if individuals do not sign up for a health insurance plan by Monday, March 31 2014, they might have to wait nine (9) months for coverage. The next Open Enrollment is Nov. 15, 2014 through Jan. 15, 2015. If an individual waits until November to sign up, the earliest they could get coverage would be Jan. 1, 2015.

Special Enrollment Periods are offered outside of Open Enrollment for individuals that experience certain qualifying life events. An individual generally has 60 days for the date of the qualify life event to enroll in coverage. Examples of qualifying events are:

  • Having or adopting a child
  • Divorce
  • Marriage

While many of the ACA deadlines have been pushed back, this deadline is not expected to be. It should be noted that several state-operated health insurance exchanges have extended the Open Enrollment period beyond March 31 for individuals that tried, but were unable to sign-up because of technical issues. It is widely anticipated that the federally run exchanges will adopt a version of this extension.

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