Yes, today is the 2014 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace. However, families with low- or moderate-incomes may qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which have no application deadline. This means that even after today, qualifying families may still enroll in Medicaid or CHIP.
Medicaid and CHIP are the two most important public health insurance programs for working and low-income families. These programs provide low- or no-cost benefits including coverage for inpatient and outpatient hospital services, screenings and preventative services, prescription drugs, immunizations, and mental health services.
If families have missed the deadline for health insurance enrollment through the Marketplace, there may be other options in Medicaid and CHIP! Here are some of the ways cities can connect families to these important programs.