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  • Affordable Care Act (ACA)

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives people choices for health insurance and expands healthcare rights. Individuals can shop for a private health insurance plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace or low income individuals can qualify for Arizona’s Medicaid Program, AHCCCS health insurance. Children may qualify for Arizona's Children's Health Insurance Program, KidsCare.

    Open enrollment period for 2019 Marketplace plans closes December 15 for plans starting Jan. 1, 2020. Open enrollment for plans starting in 2021 will begin in Nov., 2020.

    You may be eligible to enroll in a Marketplace health insurance plan. Call the toll free number below to schedule an appointment.

    Free Local Assistance

    To make an appointment for free, in-person enrollment assistance call 1-800-377-3536 or schedule an appointment online using the link in the Local Help tab below.

    Health Insurance Rights

    • No one can be denied health insurance due to pre-existing health conditions
    • Young adults can stay on their parents' health insurance plan until age 26
    • Preventative care, such as cancer screenings and yearly wellness exams, are free

    Where to Start:

    Kids Care

    • Apply starting July 26, 2016 for health insurance to begin by September 1, 2016  
    • Benefits include full dental, vision, and healthcare benefits
    • Children up to 19 years old and do not have health insurance may qualify for KidsCare if their families earn less that the income listed below
    • Must be an Arizona resident and have qualifying immigration status to be eligible

    May Qualify for AHCCCS
    (Medicaid, with no monthly premium)

        May Qualify for KidsCare

    Family Size  Monthly Family
    Annual Family 
    Monthly Family
    Annual Family
     1  $1,317  $15,804  $1,980  $23,760
     2  $1,776  $21,312  $2,670  $32,040
     3 $2,235   $26,820 $3,360   $40,320

    Local Help

    Below are the Pima County Health Department locations that feature Certified Application Counselors:

    North Office

    (520) 724-2851
    3550 N. 1st Ave. 85719
    Click here for hours

    East Office

    (520) 724-9674
    6920 E. Broadway Blvd. Suite A 85710
    Click here for hours

    South Office

    (520) 724-5319
    175 W. Irvington Rd. 85714
    Click here for hours

    Abrams Public Health Center

    (520) 724-8238
    3950 S. Country Club Rd. 85714
    Click here for hours

    Open enrollment is November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017

      A person can get help signing up in over 180 different languages by calling the Federal Help Center at 1-800-318-2596. Operators are available  24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with questions about the new law.
      You can also sign up online or get more information at https://www.healthcare.gov

    More resources:none

    Información en español:
    • Explore current options. You may be able to get coverage now through existing programs. Visit HealthCare.gov to learn more about health insurance for adults up to age 26 and programs for people and children in families with limited incomes.
    • Learn about different types of health coverage. Through the Marketplace, you'll be able to choose a health plan that gives you the right balance of costs and coverage. You can be better prepared if you understand the types of coverage you'll choose from.
    • Make a list of questions you have before it's time to choose your health plan. For example: "Can I stay with my current doctor?" or "Will this plan cover my health costs when I'm traveling?"
    • Make sure you understand how insurance works. You'll want to consider things like premiums, deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, copayments and coinsurance when exploring your options. Visit HealthCare.gov to learn more about how insurance works.
    • Gather basic information about your household income. Most people using the Marketplace will qualify to save money. To find out how much you're eligible for, you'll need income information like the kind you get on your W-2, pay stubs or tax returns.
    • Set your budget. There will be different types of health plans to meet a variety of needs and budgets. You'll need to figure out how much you want to spend on premiums each month.
    • Ask your employer if it plans to offer health insurance. If not, you may need to research insurance options through the Marketplace or from other sources.

    Source: United States Department of Health & Human Services

    Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)

    The Small Business Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace helps small businesses provide health coverage to their employees.

    The SHOP Marketplace is open to employers with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). This includes non-profit organizations.

    Learn more about SHOP

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