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Deadline to Apply for Private Health Insurance During COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period is Friday, July 16

7/12/2021 10:00:00 AM


ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health insurance helps individuals and families prepare for life’s unexpected challenges. To enable more Minnesotans to gain the security of health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic, MNsure has offered a five-month special enrollment period (SEP) that closes this Friday, July 16, 2021.

If you’re uninsured or are currently enrolled in a health plan outside of MNsure, the COVID-19 SEP is a unique opportunity for you to find affordable, comprehensive health care coverage for 2021 through MNsure. The next open enrollment window won’t be until November 2021, with coverage beginning in January 2022—so don’t wait!

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, private health insurance is now more affordable than ever through MNsure. New benefits include increased tax credits and cost-sharing reductions that can reduce your premiums and the amount you pay for health care costs. Expanded eligibility means more Minnesotans with middle incomes can access these benefits. And if you received unemployment income at any point in 2021, you may be able to find a plan through MNsure with a premium as low as $0 per month.

So far, nearly 12,700 Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance through MNsure during the COVID-19 SEP. About 58% of enrollees are eligible for tax credits or cost-sharing benefits.

To explore your options, visit and select “COVID special enrollment” on the homepage.

Free help is always available through MNsure. Our statewide network of certified assisters can walk you through the enrollment process: visit and select “Find free help” to get started today.

MNsure is Minnesota's health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help.

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