Important dates for 2016 enrollment:
•November 1, 2015: Open Enrollment starts - first day you can enroll in a 2016 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016
•December 15, 2015: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start January 1, 2016.
•January 1, 2016: 2016 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
•January 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start February 1, 2016
•January 31, 2016: 2016 Open Enrollment ends. Enrollments or changes between January 16 and January 31 take effect March 1, 2016.
If you don't enroll in a 2016 health insurance plan by January 31, 2016, you can't enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
The Special Enrollment Period is a time outside of the open enrollment period during which you and your family have a right to sign up for health coverage. In the Marketplace, you qualify for a special enrollment period 60 days following certain life events that involve a change in family status (for example, marriage or birth of a child) or loss of other health coverage. Job-based plans must provide a special enrollment period of 30 days.