NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Today is the beginning of the open enrollment period for health insurance.

Some major changes are happening that you should be aware of.

The last day to sign up is Dec. 15. That is half as much time to sign up compared to last year's open enrollment period.

Officials expect a surge of sign-ups close to the deadline which could slow down the website.

It will also be shut down for maintenance nearly every Sunday.

Health insurance subscribers are asked to not wait until the last minute to enroll.

For more information on open enrollment, click HERE.