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  • Have a pre-existing condition? Your health coverage isn't affected

    Did you know all Marketplace plans must cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes, and cancer?

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    What’s a pre-existing condition?

    • A pre-existing condition is a health problem you had before the date that your new health coverage starts.
    • Pre-existing conditions include epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, lupus, sleep apnea, and many more.

    Can a health insurance company deny me or charge me more for my pre-existing condition?

    • No. An insurance company can’t deny you, charge you more, or refuse to pay for essential health benefits because of any condition you had before your coverage started.
    • Also, Marketplace plans can't put annual or lifetime limits on your coverage.
    • Learn more about coverage for pre-existing conditions.

    Is pregnancy treated as a pre-existing condition?

    • Yes. If you were pregnant before you applied, your insurance plan can't reject you or charge you more because of your pregnancy.
    • Once you're enrolled, your pregnancy and childbirth are covered from the day your plan starts.
    • Get more information on coverage for pregnancy and childbirth.

  • 3 things to know about Special Enrollment Periods

    The deadline to enroll in or change 2018 health insurance plans has passed. But you may still be able to enroll for the rest of 2018 if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Here are 3 important things to know about applying with a Special Enrollment Period:

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    Certain life events make you eligible

    You have a limited window to enroll

    • You usually have up to 60 days after the life event to enroll in a plan.
    • If you don’t act in time, you’ll have to wait until the next Open Enrollment Period from November 1–December 15, 2018, to enroll for 2019.

    You may need to submit documents to confirm your eligibility

    Learn more about getting coverage outside Open Enrollment.

  • Now that you’re covered, compare doctors in your plan

    Your relationships with your doctors and other care providers can have a big impact on your health care. Now that you’re covered, there are resources to help you pick doctors, hospitals, and other providers that work for you and your plan.

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    Find a doctor in your plan

    • To find out if a certain health care provider participates in your plan's network, call your insurance company or look at their website.
    • Using a doctor in your network usually saves you money.

    Compare doctors & hospitals

    • These tools let you search and compare the quality of providers, hospitals, and other care facilities in your area.
    • In some states, certain Marketplace plans have quality ratings that can help you compare.

    Get more information on using your coverage and improving your health.

  • Did your income change? Let the Marketplace know

    If your household income has changed, you should let the Marketplace know as soon as possible. Your new income can affect the health coverage or savings you’re eligible for.

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    Why update your application with income changes?

    • Did your income go down? You could qualify for more savings than you’re getting now. This could lower what you pay in monthly premiums.
    • Did your income go up? You may qualify for less savings than you’re getting now. If you don’t report the change, you might have to pay money back when you file your federal tax return.

    How to report income changes

    Get more information on reporting income and household changes after you're enrolled.

  • 5 benefits Marketplace plans must cover

    Did you know that all plans offered in the Marketplace cover the same set of essential health benefits? Essential health benefits are minimum requirements for all Marketplace plans.

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    5 covered essential health benefits

    Every Marketplace health plan must cover:

    • Ambulatory patient services (outpatient care, or care you get without being admitted to a hospital)
    • Emergency services
    • Hospitalization (like surgery and overnight stays)
    • Prescription drugs
    • Laboratory services

    Read the full list of covered essential health benefits.

    Additional benefits

    • Plans may offer additional benefits, including vision and dental coverage.
    • To find out if a particular service is covered, call your insurance company.

  • Make a splash this summer with preventive care

    This summer, take advantage of the free preventive services available with your Marketplace health plan. These services can prevent health problems or detect them at an early stage when treatment is likely to work best.

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    Covered preventive services include:

    • Screenings for things like cancer, depression, blood pressure, cholesterol, and tobacco use
    • Immunizations, like the flu shot and Tetanus vaccine
    • Check-ups
    • Patient counseling for alcohol misuse, tobacco use, and diet

    Note: Services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.

    More information on preventive health

  • 3 ways to report income & household changes to the Marketplace

    If you're enrolled in a Marketplace plan and have changes to your income or household, you should update your application with income and household changes as soon as possible. See the full list of changes you should report.

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    Why it’s important to report changes

    • Changes — like higher or lower income, adding or losing household members, or getting offers of other health coverage — may affect the coverage or savings you’re eligible for.
    • Some changes will qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period, allowing you to change your plan.
    • If you don’t update your household or income, you may miss out on additional savings or pay money back when you file your taxes.

    How to report changes

  • Recently lose health coverage? Enroll in Marketplace coverage today

    You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period if you or anyone in your household lost qualifying health coverage in the past 60 days (or expects to lose coverage in the next 60 days). This means you may be able to enroll in Marketplace health insurance for the rest of 2018.

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    Coverage losses that make you eligible

    If you lost or will lose coverage from any of these sources, you may be eligible to apply through a Special Enrollment Period:

    • Your job
    • Individual health coverage for a plan or policy you bought yourself
    • COBRA
    • Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
    • Medicare
    • Coverage through a family member’s plan

    Note: If you voluntarily dropped your coverage, you won’t qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

    How to apply with a Special Enrollment Period

    Pick a plan and then submit documents to the Marketplace showing the lost coverage and the date it ends. You have 60 days after the date your coverage ended to pick a plan (or 60 days before the date your coverage will end if you’ll lose coverage in the future). You must submit your documents within 30 days of picking a plan.

    • If you’re new to HealthCare.gov, create an account to fill out an application, pick a plan, and submit your documents.
    • If you already have an account, log in to update your existing application, pick a plan, and submit documents.

    Get more information on Special Enrollment Periods

  • Get fast answers to your health insurance questions

    For quick answers to your health coverage questions — including managing your health coverage, finding forms and documents, or understanding costs and savings — visit the Get Answers page. You can also get information on completing your enrollment, finding plans and prices, and getting coverage.

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    3 common questions answered

    Still have questions?

    If you didn’t find what you were looking for on the Get Answers page, other help is available.

  • Having a baby? You can enroll in or change your health coverage

    If you or anyone in your household had a baby or adopted a child within the past 60 days, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you may be able to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance for the rest of 2018.

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    How to apply with a Special Enrollment Period

    • If you’re new to HealthCare.gov, create an account to fill out an application for the first time.
    • If you already have an account, log in to update your existing application with your household change.
    • When you enroll in or change plans with a Special Enrollment Period, your new health coverage can start the day your baby is born — even if you enroll in the plan up to 60 days afterward.

    More on Special Enrollment Periods

  • 3 ways to stay healthy this summer

    This summer, put your health and well-being first. Take advantage of the free preventive services offered by your Marketplace plan and take steps to live a healthy lifestyle.

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    3 ways to be proactive with your health

    • Get the preventive services that are right for you. Most health plans cover a set of preventive services — like shots and screening tests — at no cost to you. (Note: These services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.)
    • Make healthy changes to your eating habits. Swapping soda for water and adding fruits and vegetables to your meals can make a big difference. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for information on how to eat the right amount of different types of food.
    • Talk to your doctor about being more active. Whether it’s going on a jog, taking your dog for a walk, or working in your garden, there are a lot of ways to incorporate activity into your life on a regular basis. Regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life.

    Having health insurance and getting good health care are important, but there’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle.

  • Moving to a new state? You’ll need a new health plan

    When you move to a new state, you can’t keep a health insurance plan from your old state. To make sure you stay covered, report your move to the Marketplace as soon as possible. This way you can enroll in a new plan and avoid paying for coverage you won’t be able to use in your new state.

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    How to report a move to a new state

    • When you move to a new state, your coverage options will change. You may no longer be eligible for your current plan.
    • New plans, prices, and savings may be available to you.
    • To get coverage in your new state, you’ll need to start a new Marketplace application or apply through your new state’s website (if your new state runs its own Marketplace).
    • Get screen-by-screen uploading directions, with pictures (PDF), or follow these steps.

    Move within the same state?

    Learn more about reporting a move to the Marketplace.

  • 4 steps to take after your doctor’s appointment

    Now that you've found a doctor you trust, there are several steps you can take to maintain your good health.

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    4 steps to take after your appointment

    • Follow any instructions, and fill any prescriptions you were given. Health plans will help pay the cost of certain prescription medications. Call your insurance company or visit their website to see what prescriptions are covered and which pharmacies you can use.
    • Schedule a follow-up visit, if you need one. Write down the appointment where you’ll remember it.
    • Review your Explanation of Benefits, and pay your medical bills. After your visit, you may get an Explanation of Benefits in the mail from your insurance company. This is an overview of the total charges for your visit and how much you and your health plan will have to pay. Be sure to pay your bills on time, and keep any paperwork.
    • Contact your doctor or health plan with any questions. If you have concerns between visits, call your doctor’s office. They can help answer questions you have about your health.

    Learn more about your next steps after an appointment (PDF).

  • Attention college grads: Know your health insurance options

    Congratulations, graduates! Whether you’re starting a new job or planning your next move, you have options for health insurance. Getting insured may be easier than you think.

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    3 health insurance options for new college grads

    • Buy a Marketplace plan. You may be eligible to enroll in Marketplace health insurance for the rest of 2018 if you have a life event — like moving to or from the place you attended school, or losing other health insurance (like dropping off a student plan or your parents’ coverage) — that qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period.
    • If you’re under 26, stay or get added to your parents’ plan. If a parent’s health insurance plan covers dependents, you usually can be added to their plan and stay on it until you turn 26. Learn more about getting on your parent’s plan.
    • Get Medicaid, if you qualify. If you’re working part time, starting a business, or otherwise aren’t making much money, you may qualify for Medicaid. If you qualify, coverage can start right away, any time of year.

    Get more information on health insurance options for young adults.

  • Is your doctor right for you?

    Your health and well-being are important and personal. You should have a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with.

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    5 questions to ask yourself after a doctor’s visit

    • Were all your health needs addressed?
    • Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns?
    • Did the doctor answer your questions in a way that was easy to understand?
    • Did the doctor speak in a way that made you comfortable?
    • Could you contact the doctor/office staff with follow-up questions?

    Here’s a longer list of questions you can ask (PDF).

    Next steps

    • If you answered “Yes” to the questions above, you may have found a doctor that’s right for you.
    • If you answered “No” to one of these questions, do you think the doctor would make changes if you spoke up? Sometimes asking for what you need is the best way to get it.
    • If you decide to switch doctors, start by checking your plan’s list of "in-network" providers. Get tips on finding a new provider (PDF).

  • Get Medicaid & CHIP anytime if eligible

    Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are free or low-cost health programs that cover many services, like hospitalizations, doctor visits, and prescription drugs. If you qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, your coverage can start right away, any time of year.

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    Who qualifies for Medicaid & CHIP

    How to apply for Medicaid & CHIP

    • You can apply through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Fill out an application, and if it looks like anyone in your household qualifies for Medicaid or CHIP, we’ll automatically send your information to your state agency. They’ll contact you about enrollment.
    • You can also apply directly with your state Medicaid agency. Select your state from the drop-down list for your Medicaid agency’s contact information.

    Learn more about Medicaid and CHIP coverage.

  • No health insurance? See if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

    If you have certain types of life changes — like losing health coverage, moving, getting married, or having a baby — you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in a Marketplace plan for the rest of 2018.

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    Do you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period?

    If you already know you qualify, start an application:

  • Attention: Tax day is less than one week away!

    Don’t miss the April 17, 2018, deadline to file 2017 taxes and report your health coverage! No matter how you got health coverage — whether through the Marketplace, your job, or another source — you must report your 2017 coverage status to the IRS when you file taxes.

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    Get step-by-step directions & tax forms:

    Tax help is available:

  • 5 tips to prepare for doctor’s visits

    Visiting the doctor soon? Here are 5 things you can do to get ready.

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    Get ready for your doctor’s visit

    • Bring your insurance card with you. After you enrolled in a plan, you should have gotten a card or other proof of your insurance in the mail. (If you didn’t get a card, contact your health plan.)
    • Know your family health history. Share with your doctor any family health history and medical records, if you have them.
    • Make a list of any medicines you take. Make sure to tell your provider the dosages.
    • Bring a list of questions and things to discuss. Write down your questions or concerns in advance. You may want to bring a friend or family member with you to help.
    • Take notes. Jot down any questions that come up during your appointment. Don’t leave until all of your questions have been answered and you understand what to do next.

    For more tips on preparing for your doctor’s visit, read our "From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You" (PDF).

  • 4 steps to find the provider that’s right for you

    Choosing a provider you trust is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care, and finding the right one can take a little work. Follow these 4 steps to help you choose:

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    How to find a doctor you trust

    1. Get a list of in-network providers: Call your insurance company or look at their plan materials for a list of doctors in their network. You’ll usually pay less to see a doctor in your network than a doctor who’s out-of-network.
    2. Do your research: Ask friends and family if they recommend their doctors. You may even be able to read online reviews for doctors in your area.
    3. Call the office for more information: Call the doctor’s office and ask them any questions you have to help you decide. Make sure they accept new patients and your health coverage.
    4. Make an appointment, and give them a try: When you call to make your appointment, have your insurance card on hand. It might take more than one visit to figure out if a doctor is the right one for you.

    Learn more about finding a provider and making an appointment (PDF).

  • 3 Tips: Knowing where to go for medical care

    You can get health care in many different places, but it’s best to get routine care from a primary care doctor. Visiting your primary care doctor usually costs much less than visiting the emergency room, and you’ll spend less time waiting. Check out these 3 tips to know where to go for medical care:

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    Where to go based on the care you need

    • For routine care, visit a primary care doctor: They’ll work with you to make sure you get the right preventive services, manage any chronic conditions, and improve your overall health and well-being.
    • Before getting care, know you’re covered: Call the office before you visit to make sure they see patients with your coverage. Not all doctors and hospitals take all insurance plans or types of coverage. Learn about finding a doctor in your plan.
    • In an emergency or life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1: In an emergency, get care from the closest hospital that can help you. They’ll treat you even if you don’t have any insurance.

    Get more information on knowing where to go for care.

  • What your health insurance card tells you

    After you enrolled in Marketplace insurance, you probably got a membership package in the mail with information about your coverage. You may have also gotten a card or other document as proof of your insurance. (If you didn’t get a card, contact your health plan.)

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    3 things to know about your membership package & insurance card

    • Read your membership materials carefully: You may need them when you see a doctor or if you call your insurance company with questions. If you don’t understand the materials you got, call your health plan and ask them to explain.
    • Review your insurance card: It shows your member and group numbers, your plan type, and a phone number to call for questions about finding a doctor or what your plan covers.
    • Store your insurance card in a safe place: If someone else uses your insurance card or member number to get prescription drugs or medical care, they’re committing fraud.

    Learn more about understanding your membership (PDF) and plan materials.

  • Understanding key health insurance terms

    Insurance plans can differ in which providers you can see and how much you have to pay. It’s important to understand your costs and key health insurance terms, so you’ll know what services your plan will pay for and how much each visit or medicine will cost.

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    Important key words explained

    • Deductible: The amount you owe for covered health care services before your health insurance or plan begins to pay.
    • Copayment: An amount you pay as your share of the cost for a medical service or item, like a doctor's visit.
    • Coinsurance: Your share of the cost for a covered health care service, usually calculated as a percentage (like 20%) of the allowed amount for the service.
    • Premium: The amount you pay for your health insurance or plan each month.
    • Network: The doctors, hospitals, and suppliers your health insurer has contracted with to deliver health care services to their members.

    Browse our glossary for more health insurance definitions, and get more information on how your costs work together.

  • Put your health first: Using your 2018 Marketplace insurance

    You can use your Marketplace health insurance when you’re sick and when you’re well. Follow these tips to help maintain your health:

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    Put your health first

    • Take advantage of free preventive services: Preventive care, like shots and screening tests, is free with your Marketplace plan when delivered by a doctor or provider in your plan’s network.
    • Improve your mental and emotional well-being: All Marketplace plans cover mental health and substance abuse services as essential health benefits.
    • Stay organized: Use this booklet (PDF) to keep all your health information in one place. This helps you easily track your coverage information and care.

    Get more information on using your Marketplace coverage

  • How to “reconcile” your premium tax credit on 2017 taxes

    If you had 2017 Marketplace coverage, you should have already received Form 1095-A in the mail. Make sure your Form 1095-A is accurate before you file your taxes. You’ll use information from this form about the second lowest-cost Silver Plan (SLCSP) to complete Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit.

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    First: Verify your household and coverage information & SLCSP

    To make sure your SLCSP is correct, look at Part III, Column B of your 1095-A, titled “Monthly second lowest-cost Silver Plan (SLCSP) premium.” The SLCSP premium is incorrect if:

    • Part III, Column B has a “0” or is blank for any month someone in your household had the Marketplace plan.
    • You had changes in your household that you didn’t tell the Marketplace about — like having a baby, moving, getting married or divorced, or losing a dependent.

    If either applies, use our tax tool to get your SLCP premium.

    If anything about your coverage or household is wrong on your Form 1095-A, contact the Marketplace Call Center.

    Second: “Reconcile” on your taxes

    Now that you know your Form 1095-A is accurate, you’re ready to file. If you had a Marketplace plan and used advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC) to lower your monthly payment, you’ll have to "reconcile" when you file your federal taxes.

    See a step-by-step guide to reconciling.

  • What to do if Form 1095-A is wrong

    You should have already received Form 1095-A in the mail. This form may also be available online in your Marketplace account. Before you file your 2017 taxes, make sure your Form 1095-A is accurate. Don’t file 2017 taxes until you have a correct 1095-A. If it has errors, contact the Marketplace Call Center, and you’ll be sent a corrected Form 1095-A.

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    How to check Form 1095-A for accuracy

    • Verify basic information about your health plan and household members on Parts I and II of the form.
    • Make sure the premium for the second lowest-cost Silver plan (SLCSP) is correct. See how to check your SLCSP.
    • If it’s not, you’ll use our tax tool to get your SLCSP.

    Get more information on using Form 1095-A.

    Already filed with an incorrect form?

    You may need to file an amended return using the information on your corrected 1095-A. Learn about amending returns from the IRS.

  • 2017 Tax Help: Get step-by-step instructions & tax forms

    Whether you got 2017 health coverage through the Marketplace, Medicare, your job, or another source, you must report your 2017 health coverage status to the IRS when you file your taxes. The form you’ll use will depend on how you got your health coverage.

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    For example, if you had 2017 Marketplace coverage, you’ll use Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, to "reconcile" your taxes.

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    Get instructions & tax forms

    For specific forms and step-by-step instructions, choose the situation that best applies to you to learn about health coverage and your 2017 federal taxes.

    Get tax help from the IRS

  • Had 2017 Marketplace coverage? Look for Form 1095-A

    If anyone in your household had Marketplace coverage in 2017, you can expect to get a Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, in the mail by mid-February. It comes from the Marketplace, not the IRS. Store this form with your important tax information. You'll use it to fill out Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit, and "reconcile" any Marketplace premium tax credit you got in 2017.

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    This form may also be available online in your HealthCare.gov account.

    How to find Form 1095-A online

    Get screen-by-screen directions, with pictures (PDF), or follow the steps below:

    1. Log in to your HealthCare.gov account.
    2. Click the green "Start a new application or update an existing one" button.
    3. Click your name in the top right and select "My applications & coverage" from the dropdown.
    4. Under "Your existing applications," select your 2017 application — not your 2018 application. Your 2017 application can be found below your 2018 application.
    5. Select “Tax forms” from the menu on the left.
    6. Download all 1095-As shown on the screen.

    Didn't get Form 1095-A? If you didn't get this form in the mail and you can't find it in your Marketplace account, contact the Marketplace Call Center.

    How to use Form 1095-A

    Learn how to use your 1095-A.

  • Get ready to file 2017 taxes with 3 tips

    You must report information about your 2017 health coverage when you file your 2017 taxes. If you had Marketplace health insurance in 2017, check out these 3 tips:

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    Watch for Form 1095-A

    Make sure your Form 1095-A is correct

    Get help, step-by-step instructions & tax forms

  • Important: Keep your 2018 information current

    If you're enrolled in a 2018 Marketplace plan and your income or household changes, update your Marketplace application as soon as possible. Changes in income and household may impact your health coverage and cost savings.

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    Why report changes to the Marketplace?

    • Changes like higher or lower income, adding or losing household members, or getting offers of other health coverage may affect the coverage or savings you’re eligible for.
    • For example, if your income estimate goes down or you gain a household member, you may qualify for more savings than you’re getting now.
    • On the other hand, if your income estimate goes up or you lose a household member, you could owe money when you file your federal tax return.

    How to update your Marketplace application

    Learn more about reporting income and household changes after you're enrolled.

  • No 2018 health insurance? See if you can still get coverage

    If you didn’t enroll in Marketplace health insurance during the 2018 Open Enrollment Period, you may still be able to get coverage two ways:

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    If you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

    Through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

    • Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
    • If you’re eligible, your coverage can start right away, any time of year.
    • Learn how to apply for Medicaid and CHIP.

  • Take advantage of free preventive services in 2018

    Ring in the new year by taking advantage of the free preventive services covered by your Marketplace health insurance! Most Marketplace health plans cover a set of preventive services — like flu shots and screening tests — at no cost to you.

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    What preventive services are covered?

    Remember to stay in your plan's network

    • Visiting an "in-network" provider usually means you’ll have lower out-of-pocket costs.
    • Preventive services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network.
    • Visit your health plan’s website and view their provider directory for a list of the doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that your plan contracts with.

    Learn more about what’s covered by Marketplace insurance.

  • Don’t forget to pay your premium to activate your coverage

    Now that you enrolled in Marketplace insurance for 2018, don’t forget to pay your monthly premium directly to your health insurance company, not to the Health Insurance Marketplace. Your coverage won’t start until you do.

    Insurance companies handle premium payments differently. Follow your insurer’s instructions about how and when to make your premium payment.

    You may be able to pay online

    Follow these steps to pay at HealthCare.gov:

    1. Log in to your Marketplace account.
    2. Select "Start a new application or update an existing one."
    3. Click your name in the top right, and select "My applications & coverage." Choose your 2018 application under "Your existing applications."
    4. Click the blue button "Pay your first premium."

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    5. If online payment is available, choose the green button "Pay for health plan now" to go to your insurance company’s website to pay.

    Note: If your health insurance company doesn’t accept online payment, they should have contacted you with next steps. Reach out to them if you haven’t received details on how to pay or aren’t sure that you paid. For their phone number, check out your plan brochure or go to their website.

    Learn more about completing your enrollment.

  • Open Enrollment is over, but you may still have coverage options!

    The deadline to enroll in or change a 2018 Marketplace plan has passed. But you may still be able to enroll in 2018 health insurance if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, or get health coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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    Apply with a Special Enrollment Period

    • If you experience certain life changes — like losing health coverage, getting married, or having a baby — you may still be able to enroll in a 2018 Marketplace plan through a Special Enrollment Period.
    • Learn more about the life changes that may make you eligible.

    Getting covered with Medicaid or CHIP

    Answer a few fast questions to see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, or Medicaid or CHIP.

  • You have until December 15 to sign up for 2018 health coverage

    Only a few days remain before the final December 15 deadline to enroll in 2018 Marketplace health insurance. If you miss the deadline, you may have to wait another year to sign up (unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period).

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    Don’t miss the deadline & act now

    • First time using HealthCare.gov? Create an account now.
    • Have 2017 Marketplace insurance? Log in now to update your application and compare plans for 2018.
    • Want to see plans first? Preview 2018 plans, with price estimates based on your income, before logging in.

    Get fast information

  • Important: Time is running out for 2018 health coverage

    Your last chance to enroll in or change Marketplace health insurance plans for 2018 is December 15, 2017. That’s just over 2 weeks away. This is the last and only deadline for 2018 coverage.

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    Act now & don’t miss the health insurance deadline

    • First time using HealthCare.gov? Create an account now.
    • Have 2017 Marketplace insurance? Log in now to update your application and compare plans for 2018.

    Get help completing your application

  • Auto-enrollment isn’t your best option: Update and compare by December 15

    If you had Marketplace health insurance in 2017, you can renew, change or update your plan for next year until December 15, 2017. That’s about a month away. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

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    Update & compare, even if you want to keep the same plan for 2018

    Even if you want to keep your same plan for 2018, make sure you it's your best option — log in and update your information by December 15, 2017:

    • New plans may be available this year.
    • Costs and coverage could change in your current plan.
    • If you don't update your application, your financial assistance may be incorrect. You could pay too much for your monthly premium or use more advance payments of the premium tax credit than you qualify for.

    Ready to update your application for 2018?

    • Log in and select your 2018 application. It'll be pre-filled with your 2017 information, so you only need to update what's changing.
    • Update any expected income and household changes for 2018.
    • Continue with your 2018 enrollment.

  • Learn about your costs for 2018 Marketplace insurance

    You can enroll in or change 2018 Marketplace health insurance right now. The 2018 Open Enrollment Period runs until December 15, 2017. Before you apply, get a quick idea of your costs.

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    What you pay for insurance depends on your income

    For more information on costs

    Ready to apply?

    • First time using HealthCare.gov? Create an account now.
    • Have 2017 Marketplace insurance? Log in now to update your application and compare plans for 2018.
    • Want to see plans first? Preview 2018 plans with price estimates based on your income before you log in.

  • Open Enrollment for 2018 Marketplace health insurance starts today

    The Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business. Starting today, you can apply for new 2018 health insurance — or you can renew, change or update your current health plan for 2018.

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    Important dates

    • November 1, 2017: Open Enrollment starts: first day to enroll, re-enroll or change a 2018 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace
    • December 15, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change plans for 2018 coverage. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
    • January 1, 2018: 2018 coverage starts, if you’ve paid your premium

    Get started

    • First time using HealthCare.gov? Create an account now.
    • Have 2017 Marketplace insurance? Log in now to update your application and compare plans for 2018.
    • Want to see plans first? Preview 2018 plans, with price estimates based on your income, before logging in.

  • Coming soon: Changes to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) for 2018

    It’s that time of year again, when you may be starting to think about your small business’ health insurance options for 2018. For plans starting January 1, 2018, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) will offer some new features that’ll impact how you enroll and manage your coverage.

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    What’s new for small business owners

    • For plans starting on or after January 1, 2018, you’ll enroll with your insurance company, or with the assistance of an agent or broker.
    • You’ll no longer use HealthCare.gov to select and enroll in plans, or manage coverage and pay premiums. See SHOP plans and prices in your area.

    What’s staying the same

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