Open Enrollment Ends Feb. 15
February 12, 2015
Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace coverage in 2015, (also called the Exchange) ends on February 15, 2015. After this date, you may still have opportunities to get coverage under special circumstances or if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period
. Otherwise, you will need to wait for the 2016 Open Enrollment period from November 15, 2015 to February 15, 2016. Starting this year, if you do not have health insurance that qualifies as minimum essential coverage
, you must either pay a fee
or get an exemption
from paying the fee.
If you missed the February 15th deadline to enroll in Marketplace coverage for 2015, see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period by clicking on the link or calling Healthcare.gov at 1-800-318-2596).
You can apply for low-cost or free coverage through Medicaid or the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at any time. There is no deadline for these public health programs. Learn more about Medicaid and CHIP and how to enroll.
Find out if there are health insurance plans available to you from outside of the Marketplace by visiting Healthcare.gov’s Plan Finder. Note that you cannot get a tax credit for a non-Marketplace plan, although enrolling in one will satisfy your requirement to have coverage so you will not have to pay a fee for being un-insured.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, and there is currently no cure for MS. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Most people with MS are diagnosed
between the ages of 20 and 50, and it affects women three times more than men.