HHS: People 'Leaving Incarceration' May Enroll in Obamacare

April 22, 2014 - 10:19 AM

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(CNSNews.com) - Open enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges is closed for 2014, but healthcare.gov wants Americans to know, "You may still have options to get health coverage this year."

Healthcare.gov lists eight situations that qualify for special enrollment in the exchanges, including "leaving incarceration."

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will release new clemency guidelines later this week, designed to help thousands of nonviolent drug offenders get out of prison.

In addition to getting out of prison, the other "qualifying life events" that will allow you to enroll in the exchanges before Nov. 15 include:

-- No longer being covered by your parents' plan
-- Moving to a new area
-- Having a baby or adopting a child
-- Getting married or divorced
-- Losing your other health insurance
-- Gaining status as a member of an Indian tribe
-- Gaining citizenship

Uninsured Americans who didn't sign up for health coverage by April 15 will have to wait until Nov. 15 to purchase a policy, unless they're eligible for Medicaid or CHIP. Those government-run plans for low-income people accept enrollees year-round.