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The Health Insurance Marketplace, a piece of the Affordable Care Act, offers consumers, whether currently uninsured or not, the chance to purchase a variety of healthcare plans. 

If you have questions and need an appointment, contact a Community Action Navigator -- 402-875-9355.


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.

Our Assisters are here to help, call (402) 471-4515 to set up an appointment to get covered today! 

Special Enrollments

Special Enrollment Periods (SEP) allow you to enroll outside of the regular "Open Enrollment" because you have a qualifying event or circumstance. 

Most Special Enrollment Periods last 60 days from the date of the qualifying event (30 days for SHOP participants). 

Events that qualify you for a Special Enrollment include:

  • Gaining citizenship or lawful presence in the United States
  • Marriage
  • Birth of child
  • Adopting a child or plans on a child for adoption or foster care
  • Losing other health coverage, for example:
    • Losing your job-based coverage for any reason:
      • Your employer stops offering coverage
      • You leave your job by choice
      • You get laid off or fired
      • You choose not to re-enroll in a job-based plan when its plan year ends (you may not qualify for tax credits and quitting a plan before the year end doesn't qualify).
    • Your job-based plan doesn't meet the defitiion of affordable or minimum value, and as a result you become newly eligible for permium tax credit. 
    • Losing coverage through a divorce
    • COBRA coverage ending (Note: If you cancel COBRA before it ends you DON'T qualify for a Special Enrollment Period).
    • Turning 26, and losing coverage under a parent's plan
    • Losing eligibility for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including your child aging off of CHIP. 
  • Moving to a new permanent residence (including permanently moving to the United States from a foreign country)
  • Leaving incarceration
  • For people already enrolled in Marketplace coverage:
    • Having a change in income or household status that affects eligibility for premium tax credits or cost-sharing reductions
      • NOTE: voluntarily quitting a Marketplace plan mid-year DOESN'T qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period

Marketplace Application Checklist

Learn more about fees by contacting Community Action at (402) 471-4515 or by visiting Healthcare.gov.


Helpful Resources

To find out more information about local and regional resources, download this sheet.

To find out where you can seek the assistance of a Navigator in the State of Nebraska, click here. To access the Navigator Privacy Statement click here.

Watch:

How to Get Health Insurance

How to Choose Health Insurance on the Marketplace

How to Use Health Insurance
 

Still have questions? Call our Navigator at 402-875-9355 for assistance.

Serena Reeves
Navigator Program Specialist
Phone: (402) 875-9355

 

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