Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace ended on March 31, 2014. "However, certain life events may qualify you to sign up for insurance in the Marketplace during other times of the year," according to Bruce Miller, Executive Director of the Northern Health Plan.
The Affordable Care Act allows a special enrollment period of 60 days following a qualifying event, during which individuals are eligible to enroll in the Marketplace and obtain health coverage. Qualifying events include job change, job loss, family changes due to marriage or divorce, birth or adoption of a child, death of a family member, loss of eligibility for Medicaid or child health insurance plan, expiration of COBRA benefits, graduating college, losing coverage from a parent's health plan, gaining or losing a dependant, change in disability status, certain changes in income, or changes in household size. For more information on qualifying events for a special enrollment period, visit HealthCare.gov.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has Certified Application Counselors (CACs) on its staff in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego Counties to offer personal enrollment assistance. District Health Department #4 also has CACs working in Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Alpena and Montorency Counties. Visit www.nwhealth.org for a complete list of all area Healthy Michigan Plan and Marketplace enrollment assistance sites.
The Northern Health Plan supports the Health Department of Northwest Michigan in its efforts to create and coordinate a robust outreach and enrollment system for people who may be eligible for health coverage.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. Visit the Health Department online at www.nwhealth.org or call (800) 432-4121.