December 15, 2015 is the deadline to obtain January 2016 marketplace health insurance coverage.
Open enrollment for Obamacare/marketplace coverage began on November 1, 2015 and is ongoing until January 31, 2016. If you don’t enroll in a 2016 health insurance plan by January 31, 2016, you can’t enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
To obtain coverage beginning on January 1, 2016, you need to enroll by this Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Depending on your income level, you may be able to buy a plan for less than $25 per month.
To see if you are eligible and to enroll online, visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/.
To find someone to help you enroll, visit: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/#intro. Many places are offering walk-in assistance on December 15th.
If you miss the December 15, 2015 deadline, here are some other important deadlines:
January 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start February 1, 2016.
January 31, 2016: 2016 Open Enrollment ends. Enrollments or changes between January 16 and January 31 take effect March 1, 2016.