The health insurance exchange, also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace, is scheduled to open on Oct. 1, 2013. Because the program is new, individuals will have until March 31, 2014, to buy a plan for 2014. After the first year, open enrollment will run from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year. The exchange will provide special enrollment periods for people who have change in life circumstances or other situations.
The Marketplace simplifies your search for health coverage by gathering the options available in your area in one place. For more information on the health insurance exchange, go to HealthCare.gov.