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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

During open enrollment, when do I have to select a plan, and when will my plan take effect?

Open enrollment begins on November 1st in the Individual & Family marketplace. DC Health Link’s Plan Match tool can help you find the plan that best fits your needs by asking a few basic questions.

Select a Plan by: Your Coverage Starts:
December 15th January 1st
December 16th – January 15th February 1st
January 16th – January 31st March 1st

Open enrollment ends on January 31st. After January 31st, you’ll only be able to enroll in a plan or change plans if you qualify for special enrollment.

You must make your premium payment by the due date indicated on the invoice your insurance company provides. You won't be covered or receive an insurance card until you pay. If you pay after your coverage start date but before the invoice due date, your coverage will be in effect as of the coverage start date.