by Geniz Hernández, ACA Staff
While the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period has come to an end, there are still options! The federal government announced a new Special Enrollment Period for tax season, from March 15th to April 30th, 2015. This was done so that people who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of the individual Shared Responsibility Payment can enroll in 2015 health coverage through Healthcare.gov.
Individuals are eligible for Special Enrollment Period through Healthcare.gov if they:
- Currently are not enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace for 2015;
- Attest that when they filed their 2014 tax return they paid the fee for not having health coverage in 2014; and
- Attest that they first became aware of, or understood the implications of, the Shared Responsibility Payment after the end of open enrollment (February 15, 2015) in connection with preparing their 2014 taxes.
There are also life-changing events (e.g. marriage, divorce, moving out of state, changing jobs) that may qualify you for a special enrollment period. Additionally, Medicaid enrollment period is open all year around! If you’re uninsured or confused about your healthcare options, visit our offices and we’ll gladly help you!