The state of Oregon is telling parents who are struggling to find health insurance for their kids, that February is open enrollment season.
As a result of the federal health overhaul, children can no longer be turned down for insurance because they have a health problem.
But to stop parents from simply waiting for a child to become sick before buying coverage, insurers are allowed to limit enrollment times.
Cheryl Martinis of the Oregon Insurance Division, says February and August are the two open enrollment months.
Cheryl Martinis: "If everybody waited to get sick to buy health insurance, we really wouldn't have the money to pay for it. So the idea and to also keep insurance companies offering insurance to children is that there's these two months every year now for people who want to add an uninsured child to their family plan."
People who get insurance through their jobs aren't limited by the enrollment season. But people who are self-employed, unemployed, or working for a company that doesn't offer health insurance, the February and August limits apply.