EXTENSION! People in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey have until December 31, 2017 to apply for 2018 coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call 409-978-4225 for FREE assistance.
We're here to help you apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The certified application counselors at Coastal Health & Wellness stand ready to assist Galveston County residents apply for coverage in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
When is the 2018 open enrollment period?
For coverage starting in 2018, the open enrollment period is November 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017. Depending on income, individuals may qualify for assistance paying their monthly health care premiums. Applicants may also qualify for exemptions from paying a penalty on tax returns. For example, an individual with income under the income guidelines may be exempt from the tax penalty. However, people who do not enroll may face a tax penalty, which will increase every year.
There is no open enrollment for individuals to apply for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, or the Texas Woman’s Health Program. Individuals may qualify for a special enrollment period if they experience certain “qualifying life events” like marriage, relocation, income change, or birth, for example, at any time during the year.
How do I contact the CHW certified application counselors?
Galveston County residents with questions about the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace are encouraged to call Coastal Health & Wellness’ certified application counselors at 409-978-4225 or visit the clinic at 9850-C Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.