How and when to enroll in your health care
Marketplace plan

The process of signing up for your health care Marketplace plan is pretty simple. Once you’ve compared your options, get started with our quick and simple enrollment process to see your personalized plan recommendations. Or, give us a call and we’ll walk you through step by step. You can also enroll through the Federal Marketplace or your state-based Marketplace.

When can I buy on the health care Marketplace?

Open Enrollment


Open Enrollment is the time of year when you and your family can sign up for health insurance, change your current plan or cancel your plan. Make sure you mark your calendar because it’s the only opportunity to get your health insurance each year, unless you have a qualifying life event.

Beginning Nov. 1, 2021, you can enroll in a plan that will start either Jan. 1 or Feb. 1, 2022 – depending when you enroll. States that follow the Federal Marketplace enrollment timeframe accept applications up until Jan. 15, 2022. So if you enroll by Dec. 15, 2021, your new plan will start Jan. 1, 2022. If you enroll after Dec. 15, your new plan will start Feb. 1, 2022. 

States like Maryland, Colorado and Washington have local state-based Marketplaces only. The specific Open Enrollment dates in those states vary, so be sure to call us to find your window for enrolling. Or, check with your local health care Marketplace. 

Special Enrollment 


You could have a Special Enrollment period if you experience a qualifying life event. Common life events are things like, having or adopting a baby, getting married, moving to a new area, turning 26, getting divorced, or leaving your job. These (and other) life events open up a Special Enrollment period for you to choose a new insurance plan.

What kinds of questions will I be asked? 

Our easy-to-use shopping and enrollment experience will ask a few basic questions to help guide you through a smooth shopping process. Things like: who needs coverage, your household income, how often you see your doctor and what prescriptions you’re taking.

Once we know what you’re looking for, we’ll recommend the best (and most affordable) plan options for you to compare. When you see one you like, we’ll walk you through enrolling right then and there – all in just a few minutes. (Yes, really.) 

What happens after I enroll? 

After you enroll in a UnitedHealthcare Individual and Family plan on the health care Marketplace, you’ll need to check off a few simple items before your coverage can start. Don’t worry, you can do all of this right here, from your post-enrollment dashboard. Once you enroll, you’ll be prompted to:

  • Confirm your eligibility status and plan choice 
  • Send verification documents to the health care Marketplace using your post-enrollment dashboard
  • Make your first premium payment

Once you make your first payment, you’ll receive:

  • A welcome kit with plan and benefit information 
  • Member ID card(s)
  • Instructions for activating your online member account

It’s important to make your first payment on time so your coverage can officially start. And, as always, we’ll be here along the way to answer your questions and help you get to know your new plan.

You can make your payment at the time of enrollment or wait until you receive your first invoice in the mail. That invoice will have your member ID and group number (the information you need to make your payment). You’ll choose from 3 easy ways to pay:

  • Online at
  • Over the phone at 1-877-265-9199
  • By mail

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What are my plan options?

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How do I pick the right plan?

Want to be a savvy shopper? Get tips for comparing coverage and choosing the right plan.

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How does the Marketplace work?

Read about the types of plans available on the Marketplace, ways you can save money and more.

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