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Important deadlines

There’s a deadline to apply for health care coverage, whether you apply during open enrollment or during a special enrollment period.

Do you qualify to apply outside of open enrollment?

In general, you can only change or apply for health care coverage during the yearly open enrollment period. But if you have a certain type of event in your life (called a triggering event or qualifying life event), you can change or apply for coverage for a limited time after your qualifying life event. This is called a special enrollment period.

Examples of these types of qualifying life events include:

  • Getting married
  • Having a baby
  • Losing coverage because you lost your job

The special enrollment period generally lasts 60 days from the date of your qualifying life event. For example, if you have a baby on June 1, you have 60 days — or by July 30 — to apply for coverage.

Even if your qualifying life event happens during open enrollment, you’ll still have a special enrollment period.

If your qualifying life event is a loss of coverage that you know about in advance, you may be able to apply for new coverage ahead of time. In this case, you have 60 days before and 60 days after the event to apply.

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