Health Insurance Marketplace
The Health Insurance Marketplace (a part of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called "Obamacare") helps people without health coverage find and enroll in a plan that fits their budget and meets their needs.
Healthy Communities Challenge
New Orleans is proud to participate in President Obama’s “Healthy Communities Challenge”- a national initiative to help uninsured citizens across the country access healthcare coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
New Orleans is one of 20 cities participating in the Challenge. If we sign up the highest percentage of our residents who aren't covered this year, the President will pay us a visit!
Open Enrollment for 2016 is Here!
Open Enrollment is the time each year when anyone can enroll in health insurance, renew their coverage, or change their plan through the Marketplace.
Open Enrollment is November 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016.
Enroll by December 15, 2015, for your coverage to begin on January 1, 2016.
Apply for Health Coverage
Steps to apply
Individuals and Families
Gather social security numbers and employer income information for everyone in your household.
Visit Healthcare.gov or call the call center at 1-800-318-2596 during open enrollment.
Get free, in-person assistance with your application by:
Visiting any of the local health clinics on this list or map
Making an appointment through the Get Covered Connector
Calling NOLA 311 from any local phone
Businesses with 50 employees or fewer can offer affordable employee health plans through the SHOP website.
All marketplace plans cover important services like emergency care, hospital stays, and prescriptions called essential health benefits. This also includes preventive care services like screenings, immunizations and wellness visits.
No health insurance provider can refuse you coverage for having a pre-existing condition and there is now a limit on how much you can spend out of your own pocket on hospital bills.
Keeping Costs Low
Many people who apply for a Marketplace plan get help paying their monthly bill (also called a "premium") through Marketplace tax credits. Tax credits are calculated based on your household income and family size. Get an estimate of plan costs and options.
Everyone is required to have insurance whether it's through an employer, Marketplace insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, or GNOCHC. If you don't have insurance you have the choice to purchase coverage, file an exemption, or pay a fee.
Find us & our partners at these community events to learn more about affordable health coverage options.