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*~*~*moved from "K-1 fiancé visa process and procedures" to "moving to America" - question about health insurance for a new immigrant*~*~*


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7 minutes ago, Dutchster said:

Can she be added to yours? Otherwise Marketplace is the place to find a good health care. With some, you can only enroll when it's open enrollment -- mostly around Nov through Dec.

Yup November 1-December 15 I'll be buying my wife's Blue shield blue cross PPO 109 Silver Cost 271$ a Month

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OP - many health insurance companies count marriage as a "qualifying event" and allow you enroll your spouse even in closed enrollment periods.

For Kaiser Permanente here in Washington State, a couple has 60 days after the wedding day to enroll the spouse onto a KP insurance plan during a closed enrollment period.  Other health insurance companies allowed enrollment only 30 days after the wedding. 

We went with Kaiser, and my wife now has full health insurance coverage, and we did not have to wait til the open enrollment of November 1st here in Washington State.  
 

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K-1 Visa Journey

11/14/2016: K1 Visa Application Mailed To Dallas Lock Box

11/17/2016: K1 Visa Application Received Date

11/22/2016: Check Cashed By US Dept of Homeland Security

11/22/2016: Received NOA1 Text and Email - USCIS California Service Center

11/23/2016: Received NOA1 Hard Copy In The Mail

02/07/2017: Received NOA2 Approval Online - 77 Days From NOA1 Date

02/11/2017: Received NOA2 Hard Copy In The Mail

03/03/2017: Case Received By NVC

03/08/2017: Called NVC And Received Case # and Invoice # - CEAC Website Shows Case Is "Ready"

03/09/2017: Downloaded Packet 3 From Canadian Consulate Website - Emailed Packet 3 at 12:30am PST

03/09/2017: Received Return Email Packet 4 at 1pm PST

03/09/2017: Scheduled Interview Per Packet 4 Instructions

04/19/2017: K1 Visa Interview At Montreal US Embassy - Visa Approved - 148 Days From NOA1 Date

04/26/2017: CEAC Status Changed From "Administrative Processing" To "Issued"

04/28/2017: Visa In Hand

05/28/2017: POE Peace Arch Crossing - Blaine, WA USA - Experience Was Very Friendly And Welcoming

07/14/2017: Wedding Day

 

AOS Journey

08/19/2017: AOSEAD, AP Mailed To Chicago Lock Box

08/29/2017: Check Cashed By US Dept of Homeland Security

08/30/2017: Received NOA1 Text and Email For AOS, EAD, AP

09/05/2017: Received NOA1 Hard Copies In The Mail For AOS, EAD, AP

09/19/2017: Biometrics Completed

09/26/2017: USCIS Website Shows "Interview Ready To Be Scheduled By USCIS"

11/20/2017: Received EAD and AP Approval Letters

12/04/2017: Received EAD/AP Combo Card

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17 hours ago, KimchiLumpia said:

OP - many health insurance companies count marriage as a "qualifying event" and allow you enroll your spouse even in closed enrollment periods.
For Kaiser Permanente here in Washington State, a couple has 60 days after the wedding day to enroll the spouse onto a KP insurance plan during a closed enrollment period.  Other health insurance companies allowed enrollment only 30 days after the wedding. 
We went with Kaiser, and my wife now has full health insurance coverage, and we did not have to wait til the open enrollment of November 1st here in Washington State.  
 

Note: Kaiser insurance is not in Montana, where OP resides. It's only in 9 out of 50 states.

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1 hour ago, databit said:

Note: Kaiser insurance is not in Montana, where OP resides. It's only in 9 out of 50 states.

@databit - I think you missed the point of my reply, and I don't want others reading this to miss the take-away of what I wrote.

The point of my reply wasn't a recommendation for Kaiser insurance, rather,  it was to let everyone know that most insurance companies consider marriage a "qualifying event" and allows spouses to enroll into a healthcare plan in non-open enrollment dates.  Depending on the insurance company, you only have a limited number of days after the wedding to enroll.

Many newly married couples I've spoken with said they had no idea about "qualifying events" regarding health insurance.  And because each insurance company have different rules regarding "qualifying events", it is imperative the OP and anyone else research enrollment rules thoroughly.

With Kaiser insurance, they allowed 60 days after the wedding to enroll.

With Starmark insurance, they only allowed 30 days.

If the OP or anyone else would like information for insurance company rates in their specific state, I recommend ehealthinsurance.com .  I have used ehealthinsurance to research health insurance for myself, for my business, and for my wife.  

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K-1 Visa Journey

11/14/2016: K1 Visa Application Mailed To Dallas Lock Box

11/17/2016: K1 Visa Application Received Date

11/22/2016: Check Cashed By US Dept of Homeland Security

11/22/2016: Received NOA1 Text and Email - USCIS California Service Center

11/23/2016: Received NOA1 Hard Copy In The Mail

02/07/2017: Received NOA2 Approval Online - 77 Days From NOA1 Date

02/11/2017: Received NOA2 Hard Copy In The Mail

03/03/2017: Case Received By NVC

03/08/2017: Called NVC And Received Case # and Invoice # - CEAC Website Shows Case Is "Ready"

03/09/2017: Downloaded Packet 3 From Canadian Consulate Website - Emailed Packet 3 at 12:30am PST

03/09/2017: Received Return Email Packet 4 at 1pm PST

03/09/2017: Scheduled Interview Per Packet 4 Instructions

04/19/2017: K1 Visa Interview At Montreal US Embassy - Visa Approved - 148 Days From NOA1 Date

04/26/2017: CEAC Status Changed From "Administrative Processing" To "Issued"

04/28/2017: Visa In Hand

05/28/2017: POE Peace Arch Crossing - Blaine, WA USA - Experience Was Very Friendly And Welcoming

07/14/2017: Wedding Day

 

AOS Journey

08/19/2017: AOSEAD, AP Mailed To Chicago Lock Box

08/29/2017: Check Cashed By US Dept of Homeland Security

08/30/2017: Received NOA1 Text and Email For AOS, EAD, AP

09/05/2017: Received NOA1 Hard Copies In The Mail For AOS, EAD, AP

09/19/2017: Biometrics Completed

09/26/2017: USCIS Website Shows "Interview Ready To Be Scheduled By USCIS"

11/20/2017: Received EAD and AP Approval Letters

12/04/2017: Received EAD/AP Combo Card

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