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 last year’s enrollment period, nearly 200,000 Louisiana residents signed up for insurance through the Healthcare Exchange, with nearly 700 of them enrolling at one of Baton Rouge General’s two campuses. However, more than 580,000 Louisiana residents are still currently uninsured.

Trained navigators with experience in ACA health plans are now available to help individuals of any age understand their options, determine eligibility and financial assistance levels and complete and submit their applications. The navigators are available every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bluebonnet campus and Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mid City campus. The help is free through January 31 and provided in partnership with Health Agents for America (HAFA). Individuals must bring a valid ID and income information, such as a recent pay stub, with them.

Open enrollment for ACA health plans began November 1 and closes January 31. 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 2016, but don’t sign up, you may have to pay a penalty – either 2.5 percent of your household income or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child under the age of 18, with a maximum penalty of $2,085.

For more information, visit BRGeneral.org or call HAFA at 1-855-981-4232. For information about ACA health plans, visit HealthCare.gov.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. 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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