Open enrollment for plans offered through the NC health insurance exchange starts on October 1, 2013 with coverage starting on January 1, 2014. This initial open enrollment period will run through March 31, 2014. After this date enrollment periods for health coverage will coincide with Medicare’s open enrollment period each year which is October 15 – December 7.
Enrollment periods are an important part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). This will help prevent people (typically the healthy and fearless) from opting not to purchase coverage and only pick it up once they become sick or have an accident. This type of thinking wont help you to much since most likely your injuries or illness will already be cured once you are able to get coverage in place….or even worse once you are able to get coverage in place you are already bankrupt from the prior years medical bills.
Enrollment is crucial for everyone and there will be a lot of moving parts. This is why it is beneficial to work with a qualified professional to help guide you through the nuances of the plans and enrollment process.