The Health Insurance Marketplace
Open enrollment to sign up for health insurance coverage for 2022 through the Health Insurance Marketplace opened on November 1, 2021 and continues through December 15, 2021. Before you start your application, take time to review HealthCare.gov’s informative checklist to make the application process quicker and easier. Additional information on the Health Insurance Marketplace can be found below as we share a quick guide from the HealthCare.gov website to help you learn more about enrollment, potential savings, picking a plan and more.
1. Open Enrollment for 2022 coverage is November 1, 2021 through December 15, 2021
- After December 15, you can enroll in 2022 health insurance only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
- 2022 coverage will begin on January 1, 2022, if the premium is paid.
2. What you pay for insurance depends on your income — and you’ll probably save
- Your savings depend on your expected household income for the year. Because of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, more people than ever before qualify for help paying for health coverage, even those who weren’t eligible in the past. And most people currently enrolled in a Marketplace plan may qualify for more tax credits.
- Get a quick idea if you’ll save. Based on your income estimate, you’ll learn if you qualify for:
- A health insurance plan with savings based on your income
- Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- Many states are expanding Medicaid to cover all households below certain incomes. See if your state is expanding and if your income is in range to qualify.
- Your children may qualify for CHIP even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid.
3. You can apply for coverage 4 ways
- Apply any way that works for you: Online, by phone, with in-person help, or with a paper application.
4. The Marketplace is for people without health coverage
- If you don’t have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying health coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered.
- If you have job-based insurance: You can buy a Marketplace plan, but you’ll pay full price unless your job-based insurance doesn’t meet certain standards. Most job-based plans do.
- If you have Medicare: You can’t switch to Marketplace insurance, use a Marketplace plan as a supplement, or buy a Marketplace dental plan. Learn about Medicare and the Marketplace.
The above information and more can be found at www.HealthCare.gov.