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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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Mayor Landrieu, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and State Senator Peterson host health insurance marketplace press conference

March 20, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and State Senator Karen Carter Peterson to highlight local efforts to enroll consumers in affordable health coverage in advance of the March 31 enrollment deadline. The press conference, held at the Algiers Regional Library, updated citizens in the region about upcoming enrollment in-person assistance for the low cost comprehensive health insurance. Up to 30,000 individuals in New Orleans may be eligible for lower costs through the Health Insurance Marketplace. 

“The City has partnered with community groups and local primary care providers to ensure that our residents have both the necessary information and the in-person assistance to make an informed decision about enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Mayor Landrieu. “With less than two weeks left to enroll, we encourage those in the region to consider the options for this low cost coverage and take action to ensure that they are covered. A healthier New Orleans will be able to focus on leading the nation in economic growth and job creation, so we need to do all we can to enroll more uninsured New Orleanians before the deadline.”

“While you may have to wait until tomorrow to watch the Ragin’ Cajuns play, you can sign up for affordable coverage today,” said Secretary Sebelius. “You may be surprised at just how affordable it can be. A family of four earning $50,000 in New Orleans can get covered for as little as $23/month.”

The City’s Health Department has proactively partnered with area safety net providers, local influential leaders, and provided outreach and education to grassroots organizations and individuals to share information with the community and facilitate enrollment during this period. As of March 1, 2014, the Department has hosted 125 events and 45,561 of uninsured Louisianans have selected a plan.

The City’s Health Department has certified application counselors that have personally assisted nearly 1,000 individuals, and educated nearly 3,000 individuals about the benefits available through the Marketplace.

Individuals in New Orleans seeking additional information about the Health Insurance Marketplace should visit healthcare.gov. The City’s Health Department will also host the following opportunities:

 

  • Office Hours: Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Specialists will be available to help members of the public apply or to enroll in the Marketplace plan on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-1pm throughout the month of March at the NOHD, Suite 8E18 of City Hall.
  • General Information:  All City departments and agencies will have flyers and information on how to find application and enrollment assistance visit any city department and agency for flyers and general information.
  • Enrollment Events: The NOHD and 504HealthNet, the regional coalition of primary care providers, will be hosting enrollment events to educate and assist on these dates and times:

 

Date

 

Location

 

Time

March 22, 2014

Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Dr.

10am-3pm

March 29, 2014

New Orleans East Library
5641 Read Blvd.

10am-3pm

 

 

 

In addition to these Health Department-sponsored events, a complete listing of enrollment events taking place across the community can be found at nola.gov/marketplace. This website also contains more information about the Marketplace and the enrollment process.

The Marketplace serves individuals and families who are not offered insurance through their job and do not have current coverage through Medicaid, Medicare or Tricare.  You must also be a U.S. citizen or documented resident to qualify. Lower costs on monthly payments will be available to individuals making between $11,500 and $46,000 per year.  Families of four are eligible for lower costs if their income is between $23,500 and $94,000. 

More information about the Marketplace is also available through a 24/7 call center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325). Enrollment specialists can be contacted at 504-658-2545 or ayaspan@nola.gov

 
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Last updated: 6/20/2014 6:52:41 PM

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