Special ACA Enrollment Dates
Editor's Note: On March 23, 2021, the Biden-Harris administration announced that the pandemic enrollment period for ACA plans will go through August 15, 2021. As a result several states have also extended their enrollment period and more may choose to do so. If you live in a place with a state-specific marketplace, make sure to check online to see what deadline is now.
Eleven years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed through Congress, was signed by President Obama, and became law of the land. It was an important first step toward the goal of creating a health care system that gives access to all, which it does especially by increasing the number of insured people. The ACA has made a difference in people’s lives, providing coverage for preventive services to more than 61 million women without out-of-pocket costs. Some of these critical services include counseling for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), screenings for cervical and breast cancer and gestational diabetes, and the full range of contraceptive methods.
At Power to Decide, we have fought hard to protect no co-pay coverage of the full range of contraceptive methods. While a Supreme Court decision this past summer makes it easier for employers to choose not to cover contraception, President Biden has committed to undoing these exemptions and we look forward to working with the Administration to ensure that everyone has coverage of contraception without additional out-of-pocket costs. For now, most people should still have this coverage, and it’s one more reason to enroll in ACA coverage.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biden-Harris Administration has reopened the federal insurance marketplace, healthcare.gov. Over the course of the last year, the pandemic has wreaked havoc in people’s lives. Millions across the country have lost their jobs and as a result their health insurance. Communities of color and people with low incomes—who already faced remarkable challenges in getting reproductive health care services—have been disproportionately harmed by the health and economic effects of the pandemic. By reopening the insurance marketplace at this critical time, more people will be able to access health care coverage – including the full spectrum of reproductive health services that they need to live healthy lives.
The federal marketplace is open through May 15, 2021, but several states have their own marketplaces with their own enrollment periods. Here is that information as well as links to the state-specific websites:
- California: February 1 to May 15, 2021 (Covered California)
- Colorado: February 8 to May 15, 2021 (Connect for Health Colorado)
- Connecticut: February 15 to March 15, 2021 (Access Health CT)
- District of Columbia: February 1, 2021 through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic (DC Health Link)
- Idaho: March 1 to March 31, 2021 (Your Health Idaho)
- Maryland: February 15 to May 15, 2020 (Maryland Health Connection)
- Massachusetts: February 15 to May 23, 2021 (Massachusetts Health Connector)
- Minnesota: February 16 to May 17, 2021 (MNSure)
- Nevada: February 1 to May 15, 2021 (Nevada Health Link)
- New Jersey: January 29 to May 15, 2021 (Get Covered NJ)
- New York: February 1 to May 15, 2021 (New York State of Health)
- Rhode Island: March 1 to May 15, 2021 (HealthSource RI)
- Vermont: February 16, 2021 to May 14, 2021 (Vermont Health Connect)
- Washington: February 15 to May 15, 2020 (Washington Healthplanfinder)
If you, a patient, friend, or loved one has received health care coverage through the ACA, help our advocacy work by sharing with us how the ACA has afforded you the birth control that is right for you—and the difference it has made for you to pursue your life on your terms.