Special Enrollment – Losing Job-Related Health Plans

If you no longer have health coverage through your job, you might be able to get a new health plan. You may qualify to buy a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) health plan during the Special Enrollment Period (SEP). If not, you may have other choices.

SEP Qualifying Life Event and Documentation

You could lose your job-related health plan for many reasons. These are called qualifying life events and may be:

  • Work hours getting lowered that leads to benefit cuts
  • Getting laid off
  • Quitting
  • COBRA coverage ending
  • State Continuation coverage ending

Your New Health Plan Options

Based on your age and income, you may be able to enroll in a:

  • BCBSOK Individual health plan for yourself or family – If you’re under age 65, our plans have three levels of coverage. They all offer essential health benefits and a range of out-of-pocket costs. Understand health care plans.
  • BCBSOK Medicare health plan - Medicare is most often offered at age 65 and is made up of four parts. The federal government gives you Part A at no cost when you sign up for Social Security. You can then buy more coverage to build on to your Part A benefits. Learn how Medicare works and review Blue Cross Medicare OptionsSM.
  • Medicaid health plan - If you don’t qualify for SEP or Medicare, you may qualify for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or other assistance, based on your income1.

Getting a New Health Plan

Each type of health plan has dates, deadlines and information for you to review.


You'll need to send in documents, or proof, showing your life event date. This may be a company letter or other job records. View a full list of required documents.

1BCBSOK does not make Medicaid eligibility determinations or take Medicaid applications.

Last Updated: March 07, 2023