Open enrollment is an annual period when you can enroll in a private health insurance plan.
Open enrollment for 2017 runs from November 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017. If you miss this deadline, you may still be able to get health coverage outside the annual open enrollment period:
Learn more about open enrollment, dates and deadlines.
Special enrollment period (SEP) is a time outside the annual open enrollment period when you can enroll in a private health insurance plan. SEP events also allow for special effective dates for when coverage starts. These special effective dates are applied even during open enrollment. You qualify for a special enrollment period if you've had certain "qualifying life events." Examples of these life events include having a baby, getting married, moving to a new area or losing other health coverage.
See if you qualify for a special enrollment period.
Special Enrollment Opportunity for February 1 Coverage
Lost your health care coverage because your 2016 plan was discontinued in 2017? You may qualify for a special enrollment period with coverage starting February 1 if you act by January 31. This includes Blue Cross Blue Shield customers and HealthPartners customers living in certain counties. Instructions for how to apply.