Dates & deadlines for 2017 health insurance

Important dates to note:

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts — first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Need reminders? Sign up for emails to get deadline reminders and other important information. has also created a downloadable checklist that you can use to make sure you have everything you’ll need to apply.

Still need 2016 coverage?

You can still get 2016 health coverage if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period due to a life event — like getting married, losing other coverage, or having a baby. Find out if you qualify.

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