In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. The bill includes reforms meant to strengthen consumer rights and protections and improve the quality of American health care. Under this legislation, you have a stronger voice regarding your health care and insurance coverage, and you will have access to care you may have been unable to receive before.

Open Enrollment

Whether you are getting a health insurance plan for the first time or you want to replace or renew the one you have, it’s important to know when you can sign up for or make changes to your health coverage. Learn more about these periods, called open enrollment, and what happens if you miss them.

Open Enrollment for 2017 health plans starts November 1, 2016. Important dates to note: 

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts — first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Open Enrollment