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It’s important to enroll in health insurance so that you and your family are covered, so if you miss the open enrollment deadline, you may still have options. If you’re going to start searching for a plan, ask yourself these questions before you buy.
Special Enrollment PeriodA new Special Enrollment Period is taking place from February 15, 2021 to August 15, 2021. During this time, you can apply for a 2021 BCBSIL Individual health plan for yourself or your family without a qualifying event.
Your other option for getting coverage depends on if you qualify for a special enrollment. This allows you to enroll in or change your long-term health insurance plan. To be eligible for special enrollment, you must have recently gone through a qualifying life event. Just a few of these life events include:
View a full list of qualifying life events.
Generally, you have 60 days after the qualifying life event to enroll or change to a different plan. If you have insurance through your job, you may only have 30 days to enroll.
Enrollment at Any TimeDepending on your income, you may qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. There is no special enrollment period for these government-offered coverage options; you can apply at any time.
Members of American Indian tribes also can enroll any month, not just during open enrollment.
That’s a lot of information. Feel free to ask any remaining questions below in the comments.
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