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In most cases, you can only sign up for a health insurance plan during the open enrollment period from Nov. 1 through Jan. 16. Sign up by December 15 for coverage starting on January 1. Any other time, you can sign up if you have a change that qualifies you for a new plan during a special enrollment period. During this time, you can apply for a BCBSIL Individual health plan for yourself or your family.
Outside open enrollment, you can’t sign up unless you have a “life event.” If you change jobs, get married or have a baby, you can get health insurance during a special enrollment period. Act quickly, though. You only have 60 days after your life event to enroll. During this time, you can apply for a BCBSIL Individual health plan for yourself or your family.
When you’re ready to enroll, you’ll have three options:
Before you sign up for health insurance, search our site for articles about these topics and others about preparing to buy a plan.
If you have questions, we can help. Call 877-731-4649 or scroll through our enrollment guide.
Come back after you’ve enrolled and let us know how about your experience. We always like to hear how we’re doing and ways we can improve.
Original publish date: December 11, 2014, Revised 2019 - 2023
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