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Get personal assistance from local organizations to help you enroll for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, by attending events by the new Health Insurance Marketplace through the end of March.

The St. Thomas Community Health Center will host information sessions and offer one-on-one assistance on Friday (Feb. 28) and twice more in March, and the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center will host an event on March 8.

For more information, including dates and locations of all upcoming sessions, please refer to the following announcement from the Health Insurance Marketplace:

GREATER NEW ORLEANS ENROLLMENT EVENTS WILL HELP CITIZENS APPLY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE THROUGH THE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE

With the March 31, 2014 enrollment deadline nearing, local organizations are mobilizing to help Greater New Orleans area residents sign up for health coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

A series of Marketplace Enrollment Events will take place through March 29 to provide information and one-on-one assistance to citizens seeking to apply for insurance coverage through the Marketplace, a tool to help individuals find health insurance that is right for them at affordable prices. The events were organized by members of 504HealthNet, a non-profit organization comprised of 19 community health care providers representing the primary care and behavioral health safety net for Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.

“Most people need medical care at some point, but won’t know in advance when that is.  Having health insurance helps you cover these costs, protects you from very high expenses, and can make it easier to have access to a doctor,” said Susan Todd, executive director of 504 HealthNet.  “Through the Marketplace, there are tax credits available to help you lower the cost of health insurance.  Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans could get insurance for $100 month or less.  Depending on your income, you could pay as low as $20 a month for coverage.” 

The Marketplace, which opened for enrollment on October 1, is part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes called “Obamacare.” It is designed to help uninsured and under-insured individuals and families find all the information they need about available health plans in one place. Most people who use the Marketplace will also qualify for tax credits, which work like discounts to lower the cost of the health plan they purchase. 

All plans offered through the Marketplace cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including physician visits, preventive care, hospital stays, and prescriptions. Discrimination based on gender or pre­existing conditions will be banned. And many families and small businesses will qualify for a break on their monthly premiums.

Those seeking Marketplace enrollment help can attend an upcoming Marketplace enrollment event or visit or call a Greater New Orleans community health center offering assistance. Upcoming Marketplace enrollment events offer an opportunity to receive in-person enrollment assistance at a convenient location. Click here for a list of community health center locations offering enrollment assistance daily.

It is important to note if someone who can afford health insurance doesn’t have coverage in 2014, they may have to pay a fee. However, those who enroll in a health insurance plan through the Marketplace by March 31, 2014 won’t be subject to this fee.

For more information on the Marketplace, visit www.healthcare.gov.

GREATER NEW ORLEANS AREA MARKETPLACE ENROLLMENT EVENTS

FEBRUARY
Tuesday, Feb. 25
5:30-7:30 pm
Causeway Branch Library
3457 Hwy 190, Mandeville, 985-626-9779
Access Health Louisiana

Tuesday, Feb. 25
6:30-8:30 pm
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
10867 River Rd. Ama, LA 70031, (504)431-8103
Access Health Louisiana

Wednesday, Feb. 26
5:30-7:30 pm
Pearl River Branch Library
64580 Hwy 41, 985-863-5518
Access Health Louisiana

Friday, Feb. 28
1-4 pm
St. Charles Parish East Regional Library
160 W. Campus Dr. Destrehan, LA 70047
Access Health Louisiana

Friday, Feb. 28
1-4 pm
St. John the Baptist Parish Central Library
2920 Hwy 51 LaPlace, LA 70068
Access Health Louisiana

Friday, Feb. 28
1-4 pm
St. Thomas Community Health Center
1936 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
St. Thomas Community Health Center

MARCH
Saturday, March 1
10 am-2 pm
True Vine Baptist Church Health Fair
2008 Marigny St. , New Orleans, LA
Daughters of Charity

Saturday, March 1
9 am-4 pm
Housing Authority Enrollment Event
TBD
St. Thomas Community Health Center

Friday March 7
1-4 pm
St. Thomas Community Health Center
1936 Magazine St, New Orleans, 70130
St. Thomas Community Health Center

Friday March 7
1-4 pm
St. Charles Parish East Regional Library
160 W. Campus Dr. Destrehan, LA 70047
Access Health Louisiana

Friday March 7
1-4 pm
St. John the Baptist Parish Central Library
2920 Hwy 51, LaPlace, LA 70068
Access Health Louisiana

Saturday March 8
10 am-2 pm
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans 70131
Southern United Neighborhoods

Saturday, March 8
1-5 pm
Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center
4300 S. Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
504HealthNet

Saturday, March 8
11am-3pm
Dillard University’s Men’s Health Fair
3601 Paris Ave. New Orleans, LA 70122
Daughters of Charity, EXCELth

Saturday, March 8
11 am-3pm
Tulane Memorial Baptist Church
3601 Paris Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122
Daughters of Charity

Friday March 14
1-4 pm
St. Thomas Community Health Center
1936 Magazine St, New Orleans, 70130
St. Thomas Community Health Center

Friday March 14
1-4 pm
St. Charles Parish East Regional Library
160 W. Campus Dr. Destrehan, LA 70047
Access Health Louisiana

Friday March 14
1-4 pm
St. John the Baptist Parish Central Library
2920 Hwy 51, LaPlace, LA 70068
Access Health Louisiana

Saturday, March 15
10 am-3 pm
N.O. Enrollment Summit
Delgado Community College, City Park Campus, Student Life Center
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Puentes, 504HealthNet, St. Thomas Community Health Center, Access Health Louisiana

Saturday, March 15
11 am-2 pm
Daughters of Charity’s Health and Wellness Fair
TBD
Daughters of Charity

Saturday, March 15
10 am-2 pm
Jefferson Community Health Care Center
4008 U.S. Hwy 90 Avondale, LA 70094
JCHCC

Friday, March 21
1-4 pm
St. Charles Parish East Regional Library
160 W. Campus Dr. Destrehan, LA 70047
Access Health Louisiana

Friday, March 21
1-4 pm
St. John the Baptist Parish Central Library
2920 Hwy 51 LaPlace, LA 70068
Access Health Louisiana

Saturday, March 22
10 am – 3 pm
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive, New Orleans 70131
504HealthNet

Saturday, March 22
10 am – 2 pm
Jefferson Community Health Care Center
1855 Ames Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072
JCHCC

Saturday, March 22
8 am – 12 pm
Lake Area Sr. High School (5K Walk/Run)

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