The Open Enrollment period for 2017 Obamacare health insurance is November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. If you miss this window you can’t enroll until the Marketplace re-opens in November 2017 unless you have a special “life event” – having a baby, losing your job.
The reason for the limited open enrollment is to prevent people from taking advantage of the system by enrolling and dropping insurance multiple times a year and only using it when they are sick.
- November 1, 2016: Open enrollment begins-- apply for, or change your coverage.
- December 15, 2016: Deadline in order to have coverage that begins January 1, 2017
(If you apply on December 16th, your coverage will most likely not start until February 1, 2017)
- December 31, 2016: Coverage ends for Marketplace plans purchased for 2016.
(You will be auto-renewed if you don’t change your plan.)
- January 31, 2017: This is the last day you can apply for 2017 coverage before the end of the Open Enrollment
Learn more at http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-open-enrollment-2017