How to purchase individual health insurance during open enrollment

Who is this for?

This information is for people who want to learn more about buying their own health insurance plan during open enrollment.

Open enrollment is a set time each year to buy individual health insurance. For coverage in 2021, the open enrollment period is Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2020. Unless you qualify for special enrollment, this is the only time you can sign up for individual or family coverage.

How to enroll

Tip: You may be eligible for financial assistance that lowers the cost of your insurance. This help is called a subsidy. When you're shopping for plans, you'll be able to see if you qualify for lower costs.