When Can I Sign Up?

Here are some important dates you should know relating to enrollment in the marketplace:

  • Open enrollment is expected to begin Oct. 1. That’s when you’ll be able to compare plans in the marketplace and enroll for coverage.
  • Dec. 15 (changed to Dec. 23) is the last day to sign up and pay for insurance in the marketplace in order for it to be effective as of Jan. 1, 2014. Check with your health plan to make sure you pay your first premium on time.
  • Jan. 1, 2014, is when the individual mandate kicks in requiring most people to get insurance or pay a penalty.
  • The marketplace enrollment period will be open until March 31, 2014 — the last day to sign up for health insurance coverage for 2014 and avoid a penalty. Certain circumstances may allow you to sign up after that date. Visit Healthcare.gov for more information.

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