Baton Rouge General Offers Free Insurance Enrollment Help

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General is offering members of the community assistance with enrolling in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plan for the first time, or exploring their options if they already have one.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, most U.S. citizens were required to have health insurance beginning in 2014. During the first enrollment wave, nearly 10 million uninsured individuals enrolled in a plan, yet approximately 30 million Americans remain uninsured.1 In Louisiana, an estimated 563,800 residents are without insurance.2

Trained navigators with experience in ACA health plans and will be available to help individuals of any age understand their options, determine eligibility and financial assistance levels and complete and submit their applications. The navigators will be available every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through February 10 at Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus in the atrium. The help is free and provided in partnership with the Capital Area Agency on Aging.

Individuals must bring a valid ID and income information, such as a recent pay stub, with them. Complimentary valet parking is available at the main hospital entrance located at 3600 Florida Boulevard and at Entrance 4 located at the corner of Acadian and North Boulevard. Free parking is also available in the hospital parking garage.

Open enrollment for ACA health plans began November 15 and closes February 15. During this window of time, those without insurance can enroll in plans and those who already have an ACA plan can re-enroll, switch to a new one, or update their information to see if they qualify to lower their costs. If you can afford health insurance coverage in 2015, but don’t sign up, you may have to pay a penalty – $325 per adult, $162.50 per child under the age of 18, or two percent of your family income, whichever is higher.

For more information, visit BRGeneral.org or call the Capital Area Agency on Aging at (800) 280-0908 or (225) 922-2525. For information about ACA health plans, visit HealthCare.gov.

1 Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2014; Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics.
2 Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population by State, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2013.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 527 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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