Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)

In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law.  The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that have rolled out over four years and beyond. Read more about key features of the law provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The George Mason Student Health Insurance Plan is structured to meet federal mandates set forth by the ACA. Read more about the Student Health insurance plan.

Under the Affordable Care Act many young adults who cannot get coverage through their jobs can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 – a change that has already helped 3.1 million young adults get health coverage (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid).  Why should I get health insurance?

At you can learn what the Health Insurance Marketplace is, who can apply for insurance, how to get insurance, how to lower your costs, and more. To be eligible to enroll in a Marketplace, you must live in its service area. You must also be a U.S. citizen or national, or be a non‐citizen who is lawfully present in the U.S. for the entire period for which enrollment is sought.

Enrollment Information

November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment Starts—first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan.  Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.

December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.

January 1, 2017:  2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15, 2016.

January 31, 2017:  Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan.  After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a special enrollment period or life event, like getting married, losing other coverage for having a baby.

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

What does Marketplace health insurance cover?

How does the Affordable Care Act help people like me?

How do I apply for Marketplace coverage?

What is the Marketplace in my state?

How do I get help enrolling in the Marketplace?

Additional Information

Aetna Student Health – Affordable Care Act

Get Covered: A one-page guide to the Health Insurance Marketplace

Virginia Health Insurance Quotes

Young Invincible Network

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Enroll Virginia

Kaiser Family Health Foundation – Understanding Health Reform


July 12, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Annual Open Enrollment  for domestic students and dependents of domestic and international students in the plan.

 International and INTO students

July 12, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Waiver submission for International students only. Contact the Insurance Office by email to discuss waiver applications. Deadline is September 15, 2017.

INTO students: contact the Insurance Office for waiver information

Insurance Office

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 – 4:30pm, Friday 12:30 – 4:30pm

Phone: (703) 993-2827 or (703) 993-7634


Fax: 703-993-3955

Address: Student Union Building (SUB) I, Rooms 2345 & 2349

4400 University Drive, MS 2D3, Fairfax VA, 22030