FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ariel White, 504.206.6275
Health Insurance Marketplace Open for All
NEW ORLEANS, LA — This week marks the beginning of open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Starting on November 1, local organizations are mobilizing to help Greater New Orleans area residents sign up for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace—a tool to help individuals find health insurance that is right for them at affordable prices.
504HealthNet partners will host a number of Marketplace enrollment events which will take place from November to January to provide information and one-on-one assistance to residents seeking to apply for insurance coverage. The events are organized by members of 504HealthNet, a non-profit organization comprised of 22 community health care providers representing the primary care and behavioral health safety net for Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.
“Most people need medical care at some point, but will not know in advance when that is. Having health insurance helps you cover these costs, protects you from very high expenses, and can make it easier to see a doctor,” said Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet. “Through the Marketplace, financial assistance is available to help lower the cost of health insurance. Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans could get insurance for $100 month or less. Depending on your income, you could pay as low as $20 a month for coverage.”
All plans offered through the Marketplace cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including physician visits, preventive care, hospital stays, and prescriptions. Discrimination based on gender or pre¬existing conditions is no longer allowed, making it easier to get covered. Also, many individuals, families and small businesses will qualify for a discount on their monthly premiums.
Those seeking Marketplace enrollment help can attend an upcoming Marketplace enrollment event or visit or call a Greater New Orleans community health center offering assistance. Upcoming Marketplace enrollment events offer an opportunity to receive in-person enrollment assistance at a convenient location. Visit 504HealthNet.org or call (504) 658-2053 for more information.
It is important to note those without any health insurance coverage may have to pay a fee of $695 per person ($347.50 per child under 18) or 2.5% of your income, whichever is higher. Avoid the penalty and enroll in coverage by January 31!
For more information on the Marketplace, visit 504HealthNet.org/Insurance-Marketplace.