There’s still time to sign up for health insurance this year through the federal marketplace if you missed the Jan. 15 deadline to enroll. That’s because Feb. 15, is the final deadline for most people to sign up for a plan for insurance through the marketplace if you need coverage by March 15 of this year.
And, if you miss the Feb. 15 deadline, some residents may still qualify for special enrollment. For help with the enrollment process, visit the Mobile County Health Department’s Family Health offices at 251 N. Bayou St., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. National health insurance open enrollment continues until Feb. 15.
On Saturdays through Feb. 7, certified application assistants are also available between 8 a.m. and noon to help with enrollment at the North Bayou Street location in downtown Mobile. Certified application assistants at all other Family Health sites also can assist with enrollment. Other outlying clinics close at 6 p.m., except for the Citronelle Health Center, which closes at 4:30 p.m.
Tips for health insurance coverage: Participants selecting a new plan are asked to review their current application; make sure information, including income level, is up-to-date; compare the plan with others; choose a plan that fits their needs and budget; then enroll between Nov. 15, 2014, and Feb. 15, 2015. Those who don’t have health coverage during 2015 may have to pay a fee when they file income tax returns.
Where to get more details: For more info, call 251-445-8632. The MCHD.org and FamilyHealthAlabama.org websites, as well as Family Health and MCHD’s Facebook and Twitter pages, will also include enrollment updates as they become available.