Special Enrollment for COVID-19 2021

Find Out if You Qualify for 2021 Special Enrollment Due to COVID-19

In the 36 states that use HealthCare.Gov, everyone qualifies for 2021 special enrollment due to COVID-19. Special enrollment due to COVID-19 runs from Feb 15, 2021 to May 15, 2021.

This means, unlike most special enrollment periods, everyone that uses HealthCare.Gov qualifies for this special enrolment regardless of other qualifying circumstances like moving.

Did My State Do Special Enrollment For Coronavirus?

The 14 other states were all encouraged by the federal government to implement the same special enrollment for all.

You should check with your state

2021 Special Enrollment Due to COVID-19 Dates

  • February 15, 2021: Special Enrollment begins.
  • May 15, 2021: Special Enrollment ends.

There are no known extensions at this time.

2021 Special Enrollment Dates in the Other States

Dates should be the same, again, check with your state?

Did You Have to Have Had COVID-19 To Qualify?

To be very clear, you do not have to have had COVID-19 to qualify! Everyone qualifies regardless of life circumstances as long as they don’t already have coverage. This of course does not change subsidy rules or other rules pertaining to the marketplace, it just impacts enrollment eligibility. If you are in doubt, visit the marketplace online or call for assistance!

Why Is There a Special Enrollment Period?

This special enrollment is a result of an executive order to be signed by President Biden. It is a response to the coronavirus pandemic and a push to make sure more Americans have access to affordable quality healthcare.

What is Special Enrollment?

Special enrollment is a time outside of the normal open enrollment period for healthcare where you can sign up for coverage with cost assistance. Most special enrollment periods are triggered due to qualifying life events of a person, but the government can also create special enrollment periods.