All Marketplace plans must cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions.
- No insurer can reject you, charge you more, or refuse to pay for essential health benefits for any medical condition you had before your coverage started.
- Once you’re enrolled, the plan can’t deny you coverage or raise your rates based only on your health.
- Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) also can't refuse to cover you or charge you more because of your pre-existing condition.
Pregnancy is covered from the day your plan starts
- If you’re pregnant when you apply, an insurance plan can’t reject you or charge you more because of your pregnancy.
- Once you’re enrolled, your pregnancy and childbirth are covered from the day your plan starts.
- When you have a baby or adopt a child, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you can enroll in or change plans outside the annual Open Enrollment Period. Your coverage can start from the date of birth or adoption, even if you enroll up to 60 days afterwards.
Learn more about coverage for pregnancy and childbirth.
Exception: grandfathered plans don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions
Grandfathered plans don’t have to cover pre-existing conditions or preventive care. If you have a grandfathered plan and want pre-existing conditions covered, you have 2 options:
- You can switch to a Marketplace plan that will cover them during Open Enrollment.
- You can buy a Marketplace plan outside Open Enrollment when your grandfathered plan year ends, and you’ll qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.