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Open enrollment is just around the corner.

10/19/2016

Healthcare.Gov is the marketplace where Arizonian’s can find, compare, choose, and get complete health coverage that best fits their needs and budget. New customers can enroll in private health insurance during the annual open enrollment period, which begins on November 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017.

Here are some helpful tips for patients when considering health insurance coverage options:

Dates & deadlines for 2017 health insurance

Open Enrollment for 2017 health plans starts November 1, 2016. Important dates to note:

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts — first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.

January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

5 tips about the Health Insurance Marketplace

 Information provided by Healthcare.gov

1. 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 of qualifying 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.

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. Over 8 in 10 people who apply are eligible for lower premiums. 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

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. All plans cover:

3. You can apply for coverage 4 ways

Apply any way that works for you:

  • Online
  • By phone
  • With in-person help
  • With a paper application

4. If you don’t have health insurance, you may have to pay a fee

Most people must have qualifying health coverage or pay a penalty.

  • For 2016, the penalty is either 2.5% of your income, or $695 per adult ($347.50 per child) — whichever is higher. The fee rises with inflation. Final 2017 fees will be published soon. Learn about the fee.
  • Some people qualify for an exemption from the health insurance requirement.
  • 5. 2017 Open Enrollment runs from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017
  • Enroll by December 15, 2016 for coverage starting January 1, 2017.
  • After January 31, you can enroll in 2017 health insurance only if you qualify for aSpecial Enrollment Period.

5. 2017 Open Enrollment runs from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017

  • Enroll by December 15, 2016 for coverage starting January 1, 2017.
  • After January 31, you can enroll in 2017 health insurance only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.