Marketplace Updates

EnrollSA, Get Bexar Covered

  EnrollSA, Get Bexar Covered is a coalition of healthcare professionals, a collaborative effort that includes hospitals, Bexar County, the City of ... MORE

CareLink Members

CareLink is a financial assistance program to access quality healthcare services through University Health System.  It will continue to be available ... MORE

Texas Hospital Officials Criticize Proposal To Limit Obamacare Navigators

Texas hospital officials and Democrats complained about proposed state legislation to impose greater training requirements and fees on navigators, while a ... MORE


Important Message

Several key parts of the new healthcare law take effect in January 2014, and one of them is a new way people can buy health insurance—the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Consumers aren’t the only ones interested in the Health Insurance Marketplace and what it means to them. Dozens of local organizations are involved with helping people navigate the Marketplace and assist them with completing the application and forms. can help guide you to the most relevant resources and keep you informed about the latest news pertaining to the Marketplace.

We are also here to guide your organization in becoming a certified application counselor so you can help your consumers or clients enroll in new coverage options. All certified application counselors are required to complete comprehensive training through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  

We look forward to working collaboratively with you and your organization.  Please feel free to send us any comments, resources, or suggestions.


Q: Can I buy a plan in the Marketplace if I don't have a green card?

A: If you are not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or an alien lawfully present in the U.S., you are not eligible to buy a plan on the health insurance marketplace. However, you can shop for health insurance outside of the Marketplace in the non-group market. Insurers outside of the marketplace are prohibited from turning you down based on your health status or your immigration status and must follow generally the same rules as plans in the marketplace. To obtain coverage, contact a state-licensed health insurance company or a licensed agent or broker. Your state Department of Insurance can help you find one.  

Q: Does pregnancy trigger a special enrollment opportunity to buy or change coverage?

A: No it does not. However, when the baby is born you will be eligible for a special enrollment opportunity. You can enroll your baby in coverage at that point. You (and your spouse) can also change health plans during this special enrollment opportunity.

Q: How do I find my state Marketplace?

A: Links to all state Marketplaces can be found at