Health Care Access
On January 12, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order (JBE 16-01) to begin the process for expanding Medicaid in Louisiana no later than July 1, 2016. Expansion will make Medicaid available to the 300,000 to 450,000 adults living in Louisiana who do not currently qualify for full Medicaid coverage and cannot afford to buy private health insurance.
To learn more, please visit the Louisiana Department of Health & Human Services page.
The Health Insurance Marketplace is a tool to help you find insurance that is right for you at an affordable price. The Marketplace is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes called “Obamacare” and most people who use it will qualify for lower costs on their health insurance premiums. Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace to find out more.
Do you need health insurance, but can't get Medicaid? Find out if you qualify for GNOCHC.
GNOCHC is a Medicaid waiver that covers primary and mental health care visits with no out of pocket costs for many residents of Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes. Visit the GNOCHC page or call 1-888-342-6207 to find out more.
Do you need help finding a low cost place to get health care? The Healthcare Resources page has helpful links and guides on clinic locations as well as easy to understand information about health insurance.
The Realtime Resources page is an easy way to find other community resources near you.
The Health Department works to develop policy that ensures that everyone in New Orleans has access to healthcare. Find out more about that work.