Insurance terms

Welcome to our terminology page! Here, you'll find a comprehensive list of key terms and definitions relevant to the health insurance space.
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Qualifying Event

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a qualifying event refers to a significant life change that allows individuals to enroll in or change their health insurance plans outside the regular enrollment period (OEP). These events might include getting married, having a baby, adopting a child, losing existing health coverage due to reasons like job loss, or experiencing a change in household composition due to divorce or death. Additionally, moving to a new area that offers different health plan options can also be considered a qualifying event. Qualifying events trigger a Special Enrollment Period (SEP), allowing individuals to adjust their health insurance coverage to accommodate the new circumstances. It allows affected individuals and their families to access healthcare coverage or change their existing plans to suit their needs better. The Special Enrollment Period typically lasts for a limited time after the qualifying event, allowing individuals to secure adequate healthcare coverage during these critical life transitions.