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Special Circumstances May Let You Qualify for Health Coverage

If you missed the application deadline for receiving 2018 healthcare coverage through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, certain circumstances could allow you to apply for insurance during this year.

Such circumstances, under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), allow you to qualify for enrollment under a so-called Special Enrollment Period.

We’ve listed some of the most common qualifying circumstances in two previous blog posts, such as getting married or losing employer-sponsored coverage. However, some people will qualify under less common situations.

Some of these include:

Other less common circumstances allowing you to apply under a Special Enrollment Period include:

You may qualify to enroll in a health plan separate from your abuser or the person who abandoned you. Your dependents may be eligible too.

If you’re married to your abuser/abandoner, you can state on your application that you’re unmarried, without fear of penalty for mis-stating your marital status. You can then become eligible for a premium tax credit and other savings on a plan, if you qualify based on your income.

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