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What if you missed the health insurance deadline?

What if you missed open enrollment for health insurance


After Jan, we get many frantic emails and calls.


I missed the deadline for what?


The concern is real.


There's the little issue of not having health insurance in case something big comes up.


We get calls weekly where someone is paying off a $20K bill to a hospital.



You can jump to one of the three main options available here:




Enough of the theatrics. We're here to help you navigate the market.


There's even a new option that is very popular and we can enroll year round!


What can we do if we missed the deadline?


Three options available if you missed the deadline.


First, a quick recap.


The Open Enrollment typically runs each year from November 1st to the following Jan 31st.


There may be special windows such as around tax time for limited re-opening of the market but we can't count on these.


These restrictions apply to both off-exchange (direct to carrier) and on-exchange (Covered California plans).


Medi-cal may be available year round if you qualify based on income.


Otherwise, we have to wait till Nov 1st (with Jan 1st eff date) unless we qualify for a SEP


SEP or Special Enrollment TriggersSEP - Special Enrollment Periods




As part of the ACA (Affordable Care Act), there are certain triggers that allow people to enroll if they missed the Open Enrollment window


These generally revolve around large life changes.


The most common triggers are:



There are some other less common triggers but we can help you take advantage of your changes.


You can quote Covered Ca with Tax Credits here if you have a SEP:


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We'll also see if you qualify for the very generous tax credits available. We can generally cut the time to calculate this from 45 minutes down to 5


Call us at 800-320-6269 to enroll with your life changes. Our services are free as Certified Covered California agents.


Eligible effective dates with SEP's


If you've missed the open enrollment deadline and are using an SEP to enroll, there are rules for the possible effective date.



Otherwise, we'll get the next 1st after.


We need to complete enrollment within 60 days of the qualifying event (loss of coverage for example).


Don't delay or we can miss the Special Enrollment Period altogether!


Enrollment takes 5 minutes over the phone at 800-320-6269.


What if you do not have a big life change and missed the insurance enrollment window?


Our backup option.


Get short term health coverage till open enrollmentShort term interim coverage for people who missed open enrollment deadline




We used to have an option to carry you out to the next Open Enrollment period (or SEP).


It was interim coverage with IHC and sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross.


UPDATE:  California banned all short term health insurance plans eff 9/1/2018.


In California we now only have health sharing plans if we're outside open or special enrollment for Covered Ca.  Check with us on your situation at

You can quote health sharing plans plans here.



UPDATE:  IHC has discontinued short term plans in California due to law banning short term


Some quick notes on the previous IHC coverage



This was a great option (maybe the only option) for people who missed the deadline and do not want to go uninsured.


It's a simplified issue policy which means that if we can answer "no" to the health questions, we should qualify.


We have been waiting for a good short term bridge plan option for years now.


Having Anthem Blue Cross sponsor this policy through IHC fills a definite need in the market.


Quote short term health here until Open Enrollment:


Quote short term health plans



Health Sharing plans



This is the new kid on the block but not for long.


Roughly 30% of the non-subsidized renewals went with health sharing plans in prior Open Enrollments.


That's an impressive entry to the market.


Here's why Health Sharing will probably be the popular route outside of Open Enrollment.


Make sure to learn about how it works below since it is new to most people.

You can find out more about the best option, OneShare here.

You can quote and enroll for OneShare here


Recap if you have missed the open enrollment deadline


First, look to see if you qualify for a SEP. We can help you with the rules on this.


Secondly, you can get a short term plan to cover you till Open Enrollment or your next coverage.


Call 800-320-6269 for any questions on which option is best for your situation. Our services are free to you!


You can run your Health Plan Until Open Enrollment Quote here to view rates and plans side by side from the major carriers...Free.


Again, there is absolutely no cost to you for our services.  Call 800-320-6269 Today!