The Open Enrollment period for 2016 health insurance coverage is November 15, 2015 to February 15, 2016.
If you haven’t enrolled for coverage by then, you generally can’t buy Marketplace health coverage for 2016 until the next Open Enrollment period for coverage the following year.
If you’re enrolled in a 2015 Marketplace plan, your benefit year ends December 31, 2015. To continue health coverage in 2016, you can renew your current health plan or choose a new health plan through the Marketplace during the 2016 Open Enrollment period.
If you don’t have health coverage, you may have to pay a fee at tax time.
Open Enrollment 2015-16 //
Important Dates //
Open Enrollment is the time when you can find a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or see if you can get help paying for coverage. If you want to make sure you’re covered in 2015, mark these four dates on your calendar:
November 15, 2015 - This is your first day to apply for, keep, or change your coverage.
December 15, 2015 - Enroll by the 15th if you want new coverage that begins on January 1, 2016. If your plan is changing or you want to change plans, enroll by December 15 to avoid a lapse in coverage.
December 31, 2015 - The day all 2015 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled. Coverage for 2016 plans can start as soon as January 1.
February 15, 2016 - The last day you can enroll in 2016 coverage before the end of Open Enrollment.
Health Insurance Options //
The Insurance Marketplace, sometimes known as the health insurance "exchange," helps people without health coverage enroll in health plan online, by phone, or with a paper application. Open enrollment is November 15 - February 15 annually.
Medicare provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the Social Security System. It also provides health insurance to younger people with disabilities. Medicare Open Enrollment ends December 7, 2015. Learn how to enroll in Medicare online.
Denali KidCare is Alaska's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and an expansion of the Medicaid Program in Alaska. It provides health insurance coverage for children through age 18 who meet income guidelines.
Medicaid is a federal program administered by individual states. It provides basic health and long-term care services for low-income Alaskans who would otherwise be ineligible to purchase coverage through the Marketplace. Medicaid also provides health coverage programs that serve families, children, pregnant women, adults without children, seniors, and people living with disabilities.
The Chronic & Acute Medical Assistance (CAMA) program is a state-funded program designed to help needy Alaskans who have specific illnesses get the medical care they need to manage those illnesses. It is a program primarily for people age 21-64 who do not qualify for Medicaid benefits, have very little income, and have inadequate or no health insurance.
If you would like assistance enrolling in any of these health insurance plans or determining what you're eligible for, call to schedule an appointment
with one of our Certified Application Counselors at (907) 224-2273.
Download a list of everything you'll need to bring to your appointment