Gaining Citizenship Qualifies You for a Special Enrollment Period
The Affordable Care Act applies to all lawful and legal residents of the United States, including citizens and green card holders alike. This means that if you are a permanent and lawful resident of the United States, you are mandated to have a Qualified Health Plan or pay the penalty.
If you’ve recently become a citizen of the U.S. or are intending to become one soon, you will have experienced a qualifying life event, which triggers a Special Enrollment Period for you to switch qualified health plans or enroll in a new qualified health plan.
Just remember that you only have 60 days from the day you gain citizenship to enroll in a plan; otherwise you will have to wait for Open Enrollment to come again (November 15, 2014 is the next time Open Enrollment begins).
Make sure that if you do go to enroll during a Special Enrollment Period, you have the supporting documentation that includes the date you gained citizenship, whether you apply online or offline.
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