There are a handful of special circumstances and life events that could qualify you for a Special Enrollment period. This begins 60 days before the trigger event and lasts 60 days after the trigger event date. The most common “qualifying events” include:
- You or a dependent lose job-based coverage
- You are no longer Medicaid eligible
- You get married or divorced
- You have a baby, or adopt
- You are turning 26 and aging off your parent's plan
- You permanently move out of state and gain access to new plans
- You gain US citizenship
- You are or gain status as a Native American Indian
- Your income changes significantly, making you newly eligible (or ineligible) for subsidies
If you have a baby, adopt a child, or place a child for foster care: Your coverage can start the day of the event – even if you enroll in the plan up to 60 days afterward.
For other qualifying events, plans start on the first of the month following purchase of health insurance.