Need new health insurance NOW?

If you experience certain life changes, you don’t have to wait for Open Enrollment in November to enroll in affordable health coverage on or your state’s marketplace. You have 60 days after the following events to apply for a Special Enrollment Period and enroll:

• Moving to a new zip code or county
• Getting married or divorced
• Having a baby, adopting or becoming a foster parent
• Becoming a U.S. citizen or getting a green card

You have 60 days before or after the following to enroll: 

• Losing your health insurance from your job
• Turning 26 and aging off your parent’s health plan

And if you are experiencing domestic violence and want to apply for your own health plan, you can do so at any time.

Learn more about Special Enrollment Periods at or call 1-800-318-2596.


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It’s the last week to enroll in ACA health coverage!

 It’s Women’s Week of Action for Open Enrollment!

It’s the last week of Open Enrollment! In most states (see below for a few exceptions), the last day to sign up for 2019 health coverage is this Saturday, December 15
. Still uninsured? Go to to start shopping for a plan today, or go to to find free enrollment assistance.

So far, enrollment numbers are lower than what we have seen at this time in previous years. That’s largely due to Trump administration’s policies that slashed advertising for, decreased funding to navigators that do outreach and enrollment work, and shortened the enrollment period to just six weeks. The start of open enrollment on November 1 was also overshadowed by the mid-term elections the following week.  

As a result of all these factors, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll found that 3 out of 4 people who are uninsured or buy their own insurance don’t know the deadline to enroll in Marketplace insurance is December 15. Less than a third (31 percent) say they have heard or seen any information about how to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

That’s why Raising Women’s Voices is leading a Women’s Week of Action, starting today, to spread the word about the deadline for enrollment.  Today, (Tuesday, December 11) we will be hosting a Twitter Chat at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT.  We will be joined by our partners at In Our Own Voice, National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), Planned Parenthood, Community Catalyst, New Jersey Citizen Action, Power to Decide, Feeding America, Feminist Majority, American Association on Health and Disability, National Partnership for Women and Families, Black Women’s Health Imperative, NFPRHA and Young Invincibles. We’ll be discuss the importance of health coverage for women and our families,  how good coverage can help reduce health disparities and how to avoid those “junk” health plans that are cheaper, but don’t cover maternity care or pre-existing conditions.  Join us and include the hashtags #HerHealth, #GetCovered, and #EnrollByDec15 in your answers!

For this final week, we’ve created social media badges that you can use to remind people to sign up for health coverage while they still can! We have badges emphasizing the upcoming deadline (pictured), which you can find here. We also have that badges that count down the final days of Open Enrollment, which you can find in both English and Spanish.

There are a few exceptions to the December 15 deadline. It’s important to note that in a few states  and the District of Columbia that operate their own ACA health insurance marketplaces,  the deadline for Open Enrollment has been extended beyond Dec. 15:

  • Minnesota – January 13, 2019
  • California  and Colorado – January 15, 2019
  • Massachusetts – January 23, 2019
  • D.C., New York and Rhode Island – January 31, 2019

Let’s give these states a round of applause for doing the right thing, and giving busy people more time to enroll!

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