Open Enrollment for 2019 Plans ends December 15, 2018

Open enrollment for 2019 health plans ends December 15, 2018 in most states. Make sure to re-enroll, pick a new plan, enroll in a plan, and/or verify your plan and cost assistance by then.

Although extension may be granted on a federal and/or state level, and although some states have extended open enrollment already, it is a good idea to make sure you have logged into the marketplace website and verified everything before open enrollment ends.

The simplest way to check everything is in order is to go to HealthCare.Gov.

For more details, see Open Enrollment 2019.

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The reason the Obama Administration had planned to shorten open enrollment (the Trump Administration moved this up a year, implementing it in the fall of 2017 instead of 2018) was to ensure that as many people as possible are enrolled in coverage for the full year. In the past, open enrollment continued throughout January (or even later, in the case of the initial open enrollment periods), which meant that people could sign up near the end of open enrollment and get a plan that took effect in March.


On December 15, Access Health CT announced a one-month extension for 2019 enrollment. The exchange had planned to end enrollment on December 15, but the new deadline is January 15. People who enroll between December 16 and January 15 will have coverage effective February 1, 2019.

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