Dates to Know

The federal government has provided the following information on 3 key dates involving the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can get more details at

October 1, 2013

Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013. You can compare and select from private health insurance plans in the new Marketplace. After reviewing your options, you can choose a plan that fits your needs and budget and enroll.

January 1, 2014

If you enroll in a private health insurance plan any time between October 1, 2013 and December 15, 2013 and make your first premium payment, your new health coverage starts January 1, 2014.

March 31, 2014

Open enrollment for 2014 health insurance coverage closes on March 31, 2014. Visit the Marketplace and enroll in a plan before this date.

After March 31, 2014, you can get new private health insurance for 2014 only through a special enrollment period if you have a qualifying life event like a job loss, birth, or divorce.