CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Feb 16, 2015) - GoHealth, the nation's leading private online exchange for individuals and families to shop and compare health insurance plans, announces coverage options available for people who missed the Affordable Care Act's national Open Enrollment Period which ended February 15.

Short-term health insurance plans are a temporary coverage solution for people who missed the deadline and need health insurance to tide them over until the next national signup period in the fall. 
Short-term coverage:

  •  Is available year round
  • Is generally more affordable than major medical health insurance
  • Protects against high medical expenses due to unexpected illnesses or accidents
  • Does not guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions or essential health benefits
  • Does not protect against the Obamacare tax penalty

Certain life events may qualify someone for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP), allowing them to buy a major medical health plan that is typically only sold during the national Open Enrollment Period. In order to be eligible, a person must have a qualifying life event, such as losing employer-sponsored coverage, getting married, or moving to an area with different health insurance options.
Outside of Open Enrollment, major medical health insurance:

  • Is only available with a qualifying life event
  • Is only available during an SEP, typically lasting 60 days
  • May use federal tax subsidies to lower costs
  • Guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions and essential health benefits
  • May protect against the Obamacare tax penalty

"People who opted not to enroll in health insurance during Open Enrollment may be susceptible to a fine for not having coverage. However, paying the fine does not eliminate the need for health insurance; they will be responsible for the entire cost of health care services," says Clint Jones, CEO of GoHealth. "Fortunately, there are still health insurance options available to bring people peace of mind and financial security."

The next Open Enrollment Period is October 15, 2015 to December 7, 2015. To learn more about the health insurance options available today, please visit or call (888) 322-7557.

About GoHealth:
GoHealth is a Chicago-based company that powers, a private health insurance marketplace that has helped more than 30 million consumers shop for coverage. With world-class technology and a team of licensed insurance advisors, GoHealth helps individuals and families obtain the right health insurance coverage. Working with 300 health insurance companies, GoHealth enables consumers to easily compare and shop for a variety of brand-name health plans. GoHealth provides plan recommendations and enrollment support by phone and online at no cost to consumers. In 2013, the GoHealth Marketplace became the first private exchange to enroll consumers in subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. In addition to powering a private marketplace, GoHealth licenses technology solutions and provides business process outsourcing services related to individual health insurance. GoHealth was founded in 2001. For more information visit, follow us on Twitter at and like us on Facebook at

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