An Online Guide to Spartanburg, SC
Light Drizzle
48.3 °F
Hi: 55 | Lo: 41
48.3 °F

Open Enrollment for 2019 Marketplace Coverage is Here

A woman pondering about health care insurance.

All Marketplace plans cover the same set of essential health benefits, preventive care, and pre-existing conditions. You can apply for new 2019 health insurance — or renew, change, or update your 2018 health plan for 2019.

Gather everything you need before you apply. When you apply for or renew your coverage, you’ll be asked to give household, income, and current coverage information. Save yourself time and stress by reviewing this Marketplace checklist (PDF) in advance to make sure you have everything you need.

If you have 2018 Marketplace coverage, review your current application to make sure it’s still accurate. If it’s not, update your application with any income and/or household changes. If you don’t update your application, you might not get the right amount of premium tax credit or other savings. Starting November 1, you can access your pre-filled 2019 application based on the information you gave for 2018.

Set an Open Enrollment deadline reminder. Open Enrollment ends December 15. If you have a 2018 Marketplace plan, you may be automatically enrolled in the same plan (or a similar one) for 2019 if you don’t act by the deadline. This may not be your best option, so be sure to compare all available plans. Mark December 15 on your calendar so you don’t miss out on a plan that may be a better fit for you for 2019.

Important dates

Useful Resources

HealthCare.gov
Website: healthcare.gov
Call Center: 1 (800) 318-2596
The is the official federal website for the federally-facilitated exchanges, managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Public Information on Rate Reviews
Website: ratereview.healthcare.gov
Under the ACA, every premium rate increase of 10% or more for non-grandfathered coverage in the individual and small group markets must be reviewed and made publicly available.  This federal website allows consumers to search for rate requests that meet or exceed the 10% threshold by state.

Kaiser Family Foundation
Website: kff.org/aca
This website includes helpful information for consumers and employers regarding the Affordable Care Act.  One example is a flowchart to help consumers understand the individual mandate (available online by clicking here).

Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO)
Website: cms.gov/cciio
CCIIO is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and oversees the implementation of the ACA’s provisions relating to private health insurance.

NAIC Special Section: PPACA and State Insurance Regulation
Website: naic.org
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) is an organization of the chief insurance regulators from across the U.S. This website includes useful information for consumers, industry, and state insurance regulators.