Enrollment Period

Published: | Updated: December 28, 2017

Definition - What does Enrollment Period mean?

An enrollment period is a specific time period during which a person can get health insurance, make changes in their policy, or avail of government subsidies.

Insuranceopedia explains Enrollment Period

Enrollment is restricted to a specified period in order to ensure stability in the health insurance market.

If a person has failed to during the allotted time frame but experiences a life event that should result in a change of coverage, such as getting married or having a child, then they may qualify for special enrollment outside of the normal enrollment period.


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