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Just Because You Lost or Left Your Job…Doesn’t Mean You Have to Go Without Health Care Coverage

At BWHI we understand the importance of being able to seek health care when you need it. We also know the impact of the threats to women’s health that can happen when coverage is at risk. And although the open enrollment period for 2018 coverage is over, you still have an opportunity to enroll or change your plan through the Special Enrollment Period.

While you need to wait until the open enrollment period, which normally starts in November, to buy individual health care coverage for the following year, you can still be eligible for this year under the special enrollment period. The special enrollment period allows you to get coverage for many reasons, including leaving or losing your job. You have up to 60 days after your qualifying event—job loss as an example to enroll in a new health plan.

Of course, having a significant life change like a job change or loss is a hard time to think about paying health care premiums, but you may be able to get a subsidy to help you pay the premiums you pay for a policy you get through The tool makes it easy for you to figure out the best options for you and your family.

Having the security of knowing you have health insurance coverage is important—not just for health emergencies but for prevention as well. Special Enrollment Periods are open to you if you have had a change in hour household in the past 60 days.

If you want to know if you are eligible, see if you qualify.

Take the time to share with friends and family who may not have coverage but might be eligible for the #SEP. Go to for more info. #EnrollHer

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