Ask your boss or human resources office if you can get health insurance through your job. If you are married to a full-time employee, or if you are a child under the age of 26, you may be able to get coverage through your employed family member.
Health Insurance Marketplace (Health Exchange)
Go to www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual/
Open enrollment for 2017 begins November 1, 2016 and ends on January 31, 2017.
Residents of every state will have access to the Marketplace and Patient Navigators that can help you. There will be a 3-page application you can also use to find out if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Sometimes, if you are qualified, you are automatically enrolled to get some benefits of Medicare. Sometimes you have to sign up yourself to get some or all of the coverage Medicare can give you.
The different parts (A, B, C, and D) have different enrollment periods and different ways to sign up. Sign up as soon as you are eligible to avoid a penalty for as long as you have Medicare.
Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/medicareonly for more details on how to sign up.
Visit www.medicare.gov to learn more about the different parts of Medicare.
For more information about Medicare and its parts, download the full Health Insurance and You PDF.
Every state is different. Call your state's Medicaid office for information about applying. Go to www.healthcare.gov/do-i-qualify-for-medicaid to find the toll-free number. For more information, you can also visit www.medicaid.gov.
In some states, you can apply online. In others, you can apply at your local social services office, health department, or Social Security office. Be sure to ask what you need to bring with you.
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
If you would like to use the services offered by the IHS instead of using health insurance, go to www.ihs.gov/findhealthcare. You will have to prove that you are a registered member of a tribe.