Knowing Your Options
Beginning October 1, 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace (AKA The Marketplace) will allow all Americans to shop for the insurance coverage that best fits their budget and their health care needs. The Marketplace presents an important opportunity for previously uninsured individuals or those who would like to compare new options against their current coverage.
Open enrollment is from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014, and coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2014.
In future years, the enrollment period is expected to be October 15 to December 7 for coverage to take effect January 1 of the following year.
The Marketplace will also tell you whether you qualify for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Texas Health Resources encourages all who are eligible to enroll in an insurance plan that meets the health care needs of you and your family. For information about available options, we encourage you to visit these resources:
HealthCare.gov has information and tools to help you understand how the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) will work and how to enroll. Whether you’re looking for coverage for yourself, your family or small businesses, Health and Human Services can answer your questions online or through their 24-hour call center.
Website: HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov
Phone: 1-800-318-2596 TTY: 1-855-889-4325
You may qualify for financial help in paying for insurance. The Kaiser Family Foundation Calculator can help you find an estimated cost for insurance and whether you can get financial assistance.
Texas Health may not accept all insurance policies. Please check with your insurance to verify coverage.