504HealthNet is active in helping resident’s access high quality health care in our community. We do this through our program called 504HealthConnect, which connects residents with health insurance coverage, and also links residents no matter what coverage they have, with a primary care physician.
In the Greater New Orleans region we have a program for everyone, depending on your family size and income. 504HealthNet works to ensure residents are aware of these options, and assists in helping each person determine the program that is the best fit. Each year we directly work with our member organizations to help enroll individuals in the health insurance marketplace.
The following programs are available in our community:
- Medicaid (also called Healthy Louisiana):Medicaid is health care insurance for individuals and families with low incomes. Louisiana’s Medicaid program is called Healthy Louisiana. Visit Healthcare.gov or call 1-888-342-6207 toll-free, to learn more about Medicaid and your eligibility or to apply.
- Health Insurance Marketplace:Private insurance is also for sale on the Health Insurance Marketplace which helps uninsured and under-insured individuals and families compare and shop for affordable health insurance plans as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The open enrollment period this year was from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017. Certain life events can qualify you for a special enrollment period. Visit Healthcare.gov to see if you qualify for a special enrollment period. Most people who use the Marketplace will qualify for tax credits, which lower the cost of monthly payments. These lower costs are only available to those who apply for coverage through or call (800) 318-2596.
- Sliding Fee-Scale (based on family size and income):All of the clinics listed on this site have a commitment to providing care to anyone in the Greater New Orleans area regardless of their ability to pay. These clinics accept uninsured patients and provide care based on a sliding fee scale. A sliding fee scale is based on a person’s income, and family size. Ask about exactly what you need to bring with you to apply for the sliding fee-scale when you make your appointment. Typically, you will need: a government issued ID; income information such as, a W-2 or pay stub; and your social security number.
- Medicare:Medicare is health care coverage for senior citizens, aged 65 and older. You can learn more here or call 1-800-Medicare, (800) 633-4227.
- Private Insurance Through Your Employer:Private health insurance is typically offered through employers or other organizations. Some employers offer only one type of health insurance plan, and others may let employees choose from more than one plan. Private insurance is also for sale on the Health Insurance Marketplace
Linking Residents to a Medical Home for Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services
Many people in our community do not have a relationship with a primary care provider, and are at an elevated risk of seeking non-emergent care in area hospitals. 504HealthConnect, through outreach, seeks to connect these individuals to a primary care medical home. We are working with hospitals, community based-organizations, schools, the faith-based community, and others to spread the word about the options available in our community and the importance of seeking primary, preventive, and behavioral healthcare services.
You can download a full list of 504HealthNet clinics here.
For more information about 504HealthNet’s outreach and education work submit an inquiry on our contact page.