2019 Open Enrollment Dates by State (Obamacare)

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2019 Open Enrollment Dates by State (Obamacare)

Published on September 13, 2018

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To learn more about the 2020 open enrollment dates for each state, read our updated article.



The national health insurance open enrollment period for major medical (Obamacare) coverage begins on November 1, 2018.
But, some states have extended their open enrollment periods to start before, and in some cases, end after the national Obamacare open enrollment period.
Open Enrollment Dates by State.

State Name Open Enrollment Period for 2019
Alabama November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Alaska November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Arizona November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Arizona
 
Arkansas November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
California October 15, 2018 through January 15, 2019
The last day to apply for coverage with an effective date of January 1, 2019 is December 15, 2018 – See details for California
 
Colorado  November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – Colorado extended open enrollment through January 15, 2019.
The state Division of Insurance has published a draft regulation for public comment that sets the closing date for January 15, 2019. You can find it deep in that document, in Section 7
 
Connecticut CT’s Open Enrollment runs: November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018.
Delaware November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Florida November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Florida
 
Georgia November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Georgia
 
Hawaii November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Idaho November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Illinois November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Illinois
 
Indiana November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Indiana
 
Iowa November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Kansas November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Kentucky November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Louisiana November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Maine November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Maryland MD has not announced extended Open Enrollment dates.
National open enrollment dates apply:  November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
Massachusetts November 1, 2018 through January 23, 2019
Michigan November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Michigan
 
Minnesota November 1, 2018 through January 13, 2019
The last day to apply for coverage with an effective date of January 1, 2019 is December 15, 2018
Mississippi November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Missouri November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Montana November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Nebraska November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Nevada November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
New Hampshire November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
New Jersey November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
New Mexico November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
New York November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018.
New York state also posted this open enrollment fact sheet on September 20, that says gives “usually November through January,” as dates.
North Carolina November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for North Carolina
 
North Dakota November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Ohio November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Ohio
 
Oklahoma November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Oregon November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Pennsylvania November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – see details for Pennsylvania
 
Rhode Island Open enrollment runs from November 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.
South Carolina November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
South Dakota November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Tennessee November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See important details for Tennessee
 
Texas November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Texas
 
Utah November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Vermont November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Virginia November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See details for Virginia
 
Washington November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Washington DC November 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019
The last day to apply for coverage with an effective date of January 1, 2019 is December 15, 2018
West Virginia November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 
Wisconsin November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018 – See important details for Wisconsin
 
Wyoming November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018
 

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Your “effective date” refers to the date when you can start to use your new health insurance plan.
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The effective date for a health insurance plan bought during the national open enrollment period is January 1 of the following year.
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If states extend their open enrollment deadlines, which is the case in California, Minnesota  and Washington D.C. the effective date of your coverage will vary based on when you apply.

State Deadlines Health insurance  starting 1/1/2019 Health insurance  starting 2/1/2019 Health insurance  starting 3/1/2019
California Apply before December 14, 2018. Apply before January 15, 2019. NA
Minnesota Apply before December 14, 2018. Apply before January 13, 2019 NA
Washington DC Apply before December 15, 2018 Apply before January 15, 2019 Apply before January 31, 2019

 
 

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