A big congratulations is in order for all of the organizations and individuals who worked tirelessly throughout our state to make the first Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period a success!
As of Monday, March 31st, 7.1 million people across the country have successfully enrolled in private coverage through the federally run Health Insurance Marketplace or their state equivalent. This surpassed both the initial national projection and the revised goal of 6 million that was set after the rocky website rollout.
As of the beginning of March, we know that more than 25,000 Nebraskans had enrolled, and the new state numbers for the remainder of March will likely reflect the national surge of enrollees that occurred in the final month of open enrollment.
So, now what?
If you did not get enrolled by March 31st, but you did start an application on HealthCare.gov, you may still be able get coverage. The Obama administration has extended the deadline for those who were “in line” on March 31st—people who started their application but did not complete it. You can see if you qualify for this exception by clicking here.
If you did not begin your application by March 31st, you will likely have to wait until the next enrollment period opens on November 15, 2014. There are, however, certain qualifying life events that could allow you get coverage before that date. These include:
Having a baby
Moving to a new area
Losing other health insurance coverage.
Visit this link for more information on qualifying life events.
Beyond that, the Enroll Nebraska coalition and its partners will be working statewide over the coming months to conduct more outreach, expand our network to include more organizations, evaluate best practices, and work to ensure even more Nebraskans get the affordable, quality health coverage they need during the next enrollment period.