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Common 2021 Health Insurance Marketplace Questions

1. 2021 Open Enrollment runs from November 1 through December 15, 2020

  • Plans sold during Open Enrollment start January 1, 2021. You can enroll any time during the Open Enrollment period for a plan to start Jan 1, 2021. You can also compare private marketplace to government marketplace plans starting today.
  • After December 15, you can enroll in 2021 health insurance through the marketplace only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. You can however still enroll in private marketplace plans, if you miss the deadline and are eligible.

2. The Marketplace is for people who don’t have 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 plan through the Marketplace, but you’ll pay full price unless your employer’s insurance doesn’t meet certain standards. Most job-based plans do meet the standards.
  • If you have Medicare: You can’t switch to Marketplace insurance, supplement your coverage with a Marketplace plan, or buy a Marketplace dental plan. Learn about Medicare and the Marketplace.

3. What you pay for insurance depends on your income

Your savings depend on your expected household income for the year.

Get a quick idea if you’ll save. Based on your income estimate, we’ll tell you if you qualify for:

A health insurance plan with savings based on your income

  • You may qualify for a premium tax credit that lowers your monthly insurance bill, and for extra savings on out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copayments.
  • The plans are offered by private insurance companies with a range of prices and features.

Medcaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

  • Many states are expanding Medicaid to cover all households below certain incomes. Contact a licensed health insurance agent to 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.

4. You can apply for coverage several ways

Starting November 1, you can apply any way that works for you:

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