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
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
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