Being Released from Incarceration Qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period
Being released from incarceration is a qualifying life event. This means that you’ve experienced an event that triggers a Special Enrollment Period during which you may choose to enroll in a qualified health plan.
To better determine if you have experienced this particular qualifying event, let’s review what being incarcerated means.
Being incarcerated refers to serving time in prison or jail for being convicted of a crime. It does NOT refer to the following:
- home confinement;
- voluntarily living in a residential facility under supervision of the criminal justice system.
- being held in jail or prison pending disposition of charges
If you know you qualify and wish to enroll, there is a deadline to your Special Enrollment Period. You have 60 days from the date of your release to enroll in a qualified health plan.
Remember that if you were without a qualified health plan due to incarceration, you don’t have to pay the penalty fee for being uninsured.
Remember too that you will likely be asked to provide proof of your incarceration and release date. A copy of the letter documenting your release date from incarceration is what will likely be required to prove your eligibility for a Special Enrollment Period.
You can get a quote online and enroll here, or if you prefer to speak with someone, you can call and speak with one of our licensed advisors at 1-877-279-7959. We can help you enroll or simply answer any questions you might have.
Still confused? Don’t worry.
We have licensed advisors ready to answer your questions and walk you through the process if you need help! Feel free to call us at 1-877-279-7959 and we can answer questions and help you enroll today!