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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 that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. 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. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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