Deadline to Get Health Insurance Through Affordable Care Act Fast Approaching

The deadline to apply for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is fast-approaching, even though lawmakers allowed Marylanders an extra week to sign up.

You can sign up for health insurance through Maryland Health Connection, DC Health Link or, if you’re a Virginia resident,

Applying for health insurance and finding the right plan can be a lengthy process. Make it easier by having documents and information ready before you start your application, including social security numbers, tax documents, current insurance information and W-2s.

Here’s what you need to know about upcoming deadlines in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.


Deadline: Dec. 22, 2017

Marylanders have until Dec. 22 to sign up for health insurance through the Maryland Health Connection exchange. You can apply online from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. There are resources if you would like help applying in-person or over the phone.


Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

Virginia is subject to the federal government’s shorter, 45-day enrollment period in 2017. You can still get in-person, one-on-one help from an application assister. You can start an application at to find out if you qualify for financial assistance. 

Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018

Residents of D.C. still have a few weeks to get coverage during open enrollment. However, you must enroll by Dec. 15 through D.C.'s exchange if you want coverage to begin on Jan. 1. You can get application help in-person or over the phone.

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