Resources on New Health Insurance Options

The Health Insurance Marketplace’s open enrollment period will be from November 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022. You must sign up by December 15 to have coverage by January 1, 2022. If you are even a day late, you will have to wait until February 1, 2022 for your coverage to begin. If you do not have health insurance, you may still qualify for either a Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP) or AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid program).

All Community Health Centers in Arizona have certified Application Counselors who can help you throughout the year.  Call (800) 377-3536 if you have general health insurance questions or schedule a free application appointment with an assister if you need in-person help. You can also call to schedule an appointment at your nearest health center.

Health Insurance Marketplace
The Health Insurance Marketplace is for people who do not have employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid (AHCCCS) or Medicare. The Marketplace is where you can buy health insurance and lower income families and individuals often receive financial assistance that makes coverage more affordable.

AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid program)
Eligibility is primarily based on your incomeEnrollment for AHCCCS is open year-round. You can do it yourself by applying online, in person at your local DES office, or with any organization that has previously helped you apply.

KidsCare (Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance program)
KidsCare is a program through AHCCCS for children who are not eligible for other AHCCCS health insurance. Like AHCCCS, income is an important factor and enrollment is open year-round.

If you have questions, please contact the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) Hotline: (800) 432-4040. They have trained volunteers that can help with your Medicare questions.

Need help applying or have questions?
There are certified Application Counselors and agents/brokers available to assist you in the application process.

We are also available to answer general questions regarding AHCCCS, the Marketplace, and getting help with enrollment. Our number is (800) 377-3536 and we will answer your questions or help you find the right person who can assist you.

For Health Insurance Marketplace application issues, call (800) 318-2596.

For AHCCCS/KidsCare application issues, call (855) 432-7587.