If You're Signing Up For An Obamacare Plan, Keep These Dates In Mind
Enrollment for plans on the health insurance exchange has started, but not many people know this.
"A recent Kaiser study reflected that less than 20 percent of those eligible to enroll in the marketplace exchange is aware that open enrollment is taking place today," says Jeff Hudson who works with UnitedHealthcare, one of the insurance providers on the marketplace in Texas this time around. "So it’s very important that you take the time to get connected, become aware and get enrolled by Feb. 15."Feb. 15 is the last day to enroll for coverage in 2015. If you miss that date, the next enrollment period opens at the end of 2015 for coverage in 2016.
You must sign up by Dec. 15 if you want your plan to start on Jan. 1. If you enroll after Dec. 15, your policy won’t start until Feb. 1. Signing up after Jan. 15 means your policy starts on March 1.
If you want to sign up, you’ll need your social security number, proof of legal status for immigrants, employer and income information and information about any health plans you’re on now.