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The Open Enrollment Period to enroll in health insurance coverage through the Marketplace is from November 1, 2022 — January 15, 2023. During this time you can enroll in a health plan from an insurer that has a rate, benefits, and premiums that best fit your needs.

If you miss the Open Enrollment Period for qualifying for insurance in 2023, you may still be able to get Marketplace health coverage for 2023 if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. However, November 1 — January 15 is the best time to enroll for the coming year.

2023 Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment

The federal government operates the Health Insurance Marketplace®, available at, which is a service that helps people shop for and enroll in health insurance. Starting November 1, 2022, open enrollment will begin. The deadline to submit your application is January 15, 2023.

The Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as the “Marketplace” or “exchange”) provides health plan shopping and enrollment services through websites, call centers, and in-person help. You can shop for a plan that has the right rate and benefits to meet your needs and submit an application. You can enroll in a dental plan and other essential coverage options through the Marketplace as well.

Small businesses can use the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace to provide health insurance for their employees.

When you apply for individual and family coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll provide income and household information. You’ll find out if you qualify for:

On, you may be asked to select your state or enter your ZIP code. If you live outside of Kansas in a state that runs its own Marketplace, the site will send you to your state’s Marketplace website. If you need help with the website or have questions about how to enroll, Cover Kansas is a statewide network of Health Navigators here to help you 100% free of cost. Cover Kansas helps make it easy.

2023 Open Enrollment Dates

If you need 2023 health coverage, here are some important dates to mark on your calendar:

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Changes in 2023 Health Insurance Marketplace

The average monthly premium for the benchmark silver plan in 2023 will rise by 4%, KanCare has launched a new virtual assistant for Medicaid patients under the Public Health Emergency, and other changes.

End of Public Health Emergency

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must renew the federal public health emergency (PHE) related to COVID-19 every 90 days to maintain certain healthcare flexibilities and waivers. The PHE has been in place since January 27, 2020, and renewed throughout the pandemic. The latest HHS extension for the PHE is effective through January 11, 2023.

In a letter to the state Governors, the Administration has indicated they will give at least a 60-day notice before the PHE ends.

It is imperative for Medicaid patients of KanCare to ensure your contact information (and your household members’ information) is up to date with your current address, email, and phone number. The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) has implemented a new virtual agent, the Kansas Integrated Eligibility Reporting Assistant, or KIERA, to assist consumers with updating case information outside of the Self-Service Portal and Clearinghouse processes. KIERA updates a household’s address for all individuals, as well as the home phone number, and mobile number for the Primary Applicant only.

Be sure to visit and click the orange chat bubble to update your information so you can be alerted when the PHE comes to an end and requires action.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace Premiums

Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace premiums will increase by five to ten percent in 2023, with payers attributing premium growth to rising healthcare prices and utilization rates, according to preliminary data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).

The Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker reflects preliminary rate filing data from 72 insurers across 13 states and the District of Columbia. Payers will finalize their rates in late summer.

The median proposed premium increase across the plans was ten percent, researchers found. Most insurers (68 insurers) requested premium increases, while only four insurers requested to lower their premiums for 2023.

Medicare Part D Premiums

The premium for Medicare Part D to drop in 2023CMS anticipates releasing the 2023 premium and cost-sharing information for 2023 Medicare Advantage and Part D plans in September.

The basic monthly premium for standard Medicare Part D coverage is decreasing in 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced today.

The average premium for drug coverage will be approximately $31.50 in 2023, down 1.8% from $32.08 in 2022.

CMS releases the projected average basic monthly Part D premium – calculated based on plan bids submitted to CMS – annually to help beneficiaries understand overall Part D premium trends before Medicare open enrollment.

Medicare open enrollment for coverage beginning January 1, 2023, will run from October 15 to December 7.

CMS anticipates releasing the 2023 premium and cost-sharing information for 2023 Medicare Advantage and Part D plans in September 2022.

CMS is also releasing additional information for Medicare Advantage Organizations and drug plan sponsors such as the Part D national average monthly bid amount, the Part D regional low-income premium subsidy amounts, the de minimis amount, the Medicare Advantage employer group waiver plan regional payment rates and the Medicare Advantage regional preferred provider organization benchmarks.

How to Enroll for Health Insurance Marketplace

See what Marketplace plans cover, including treatment for pre-existing medical conditions and other essential health benefits. There are 128 total plans available for 2022. See the 2023 Kansas Insurance Plans Brief (PDF).

STEP 1: Create a Marketplace Account

Create an account on the Health Insurance Marketplace. You will be prompted to enter some basic information, like your name, address, and email address to start.

If you have questions or need help during any of these enrollment processes, speak with a Certified Health Navigator for FREE online or by phone at (866) 826-8375.

STEP 2: Preparing to Apply 

You will need to have answers to questions in order to complete the application process. Below you will find a checklist that will help you during this process.

Now that you have a list of questions you will need to answer, look through our list of things you will need in order to complete the health insurance application. This part of the application can often get confusing. We are here to ease any frustrations and help you through ever detail in the application steps.

  1. Social Security Numbers (SSNs) for everyone on your application
  2. Information about the professional helping you apply, if any (Includes navigators)
  3. Immigration document information (this only applies to lawfully present immigrants)
  4. Information about how you plan to file taxes (married, jointly, single…)
  5. Employer and income information for everyone in your household
  6. Best estimate of your household income.
  7. Current health coverage information
  8. Employer information for each person in your household
  9. Completed “Employer Coverage Tool” (Only applies to household members that are eligible for coverage through their employer
  10. Health Reimbursement Arrangement or HRA (Only applies to household members that are offered an HRA through their employer)
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STEP 3: Submitting Your Application

When you submit your application you will find out if you qualify for a Marketplace health insurance plan with savings, like tax credits to help pay monthly premiums, or lower copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. Free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility results will be available right away.

STEP 4: Enrolling in Health Coverage

After submitting your application it will be time to compare health plans and prices available and enroll in the one that best meets your needs. You can view more information about comparing health plans and other important information in the links below.

Get FREE Help Enrolling

Getting coverage through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace can be a complicated process. Cover Kansas has simplified it. This website answers any questions you might have about enrolling and allows you to get FREE assistance from a Certified Health Navigator.

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