Dear Addy: Marketplace Enrollment

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Dear Addy,
I am self-employed and need health insurance. When can I enroll in the Marketplace plans and when will this coverage start?
Dear Self-Employed,
You can apply for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace when open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013. Coverage under Marketplace plans starts as soon as January 1, 2014. Open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. After March 31, 2014, you cannot enroll in Marketplace plans unless you have a qualifying event, like a change in legal marital status, a change in employment status, a birth, an adoption, or a death. If you have fewer than (50) full-time employees you can also refer your employees to the Marketplace plans.
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