Information on Open Enrollment for Health Insurance

The fourth annual open enrollment period for health insurance starts on November 1, 2016 and runs through January 31, 2017. In order for health insurance coverage to start on January 1, 2017, individuals need to enroll by December 15, 2016.

To get coverage, individuals can:

According to you will need the following to sign up for insurance:

  • Information about your household size. Figure out who in your household should apply before you start your application. Visit for help figuring out who needs coverage.
  • Home and/or mailing addresses for everyone applying for coverage.
  • Information about everyone applying for coverage, like addresses and birth dates.
  • Social Security Numbers.
  • Information about the professional helping you apply (if you’re getting help completing your application). Visit for more information.
  • Document information for legal immigrants. Visit or more information.
  • Information on how you file your taxes.
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms—Wage and Tax Statements). Visit to learn more about what types of income to include and not include.
  • Your best estimate of what your household income will be in 2017. Visit for help estimating your income
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household
  • A completed “Employer Coverage Tool” for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for. (You’ll need to fill out this form even for coverage you’re eligible for but don’t enroll in.)
  • Notices from your current plan that include your plan ID, if you have or had health coverage in 2016.


You can enroll in or change 2017 Marketplace health insurance right now.

Important dates to note:

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment started — first day to enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15, 2016.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period