If you need care right away
If you need medical care before you can get your new coverage in place, there are resources to help. Learn more.
Getting new coverage
When you lose your health insurance, you need to find out what options you have to get coverage.
- See if your circumstances are a qualifying life event that allows you to enroll outside of the open enrollment periods Learn more.
- If you are employed, and don’t currently have coverage through work, check with your employer to see if they offer insurance.
- If you lost your employer-based coverage because you left your job or became ineligible for coverage (such as moving from a full-time position to part-time, or your coverage was through your spouse’s employer and you divorced):
- You may be able to maintain similar coverage under a federal law called COBRA or under New Hampshire's State Continuation Law for a limited time (learn more).
- You would have to pay the entire premium (employer and employee portions) yourself. The COBRA or continuation premium typically will also include an administrative surcharge of 2% in addition to the base premium.
- You have several options to consider depending on your situation.
- Individual policies are available by many health plans for direct purchase. Learn more.
- Medicaid programs are available for those who meet criteria. To find out if you are eligible, learn more at https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid/ or call 800-852-3345, ext. 4344 or 603-271-4344.
- Subsidized health insurance may be available through New Hampshire's Federally Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace. Learn more at www.healthcare.gov.
- If you are 65 or older, disabled, or have certain diseases, you may qualify for Medicare health benefits. Learn more.