If I lose my insurance at work can I buy health insurance even if it’s not during the open enrollment period?

Because of the many changes that are rapidly happening in the healthcare industry, many people are aware that they can now purchase health insurance in the marketplace. In the past, it was more difficult to find insurance not related to employment.  If you live in Pomona, CA you may already have an insurance policy through THINK Insurance & Financial Services.

Just like with the insurance an employer provides, health insurance provided through the marketplace also has an open enrollment period. That means that there are normally only certain times when policyholders can add coverage or add dependents. For instance, open enrollment for the 2018 marketplace ended on December 15, 2017.

Fortunately, there is what is called a special enrollment period which can happen at any time for individuals who are going through certain kinds of life in certain circumstances. There are several life events which can qualify an individual for special enrollment: getting married, at which time one spouse may want to drop coverage and another may want to add the new spouse and/or children; giving birth, adopting a child, or placing a child in foster care; getting divorced or legally separated and losing coverage as a result; if someone who is part of a policy dies during the year, you may be eligible for special enrollment if it affects your coverage.

Failure to carry health insurance can cause you to be liable for penalties, but more importantly, it means that you may not be able to get the healthcare you need for yourself or a loved one. If you are in Pomona, CA, call THINK Insurance & Financial Services to learn about all your health insurance choices.

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