GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – Enrollment in the 2021 Health Insurance Marketplace has been reopened through May 15
during a new special COVID-19 enrollment period.
With job losses continuing to mount amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions of people having lost their job-based
health insurance since the start of this public health and economic crisis, enrollment has reopened to give those who
need health insurance a new opportunity to get covered.
is open through May 15.
“There are four plan categories – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The categories show how you and your plan will
share costs,” said Kristina Garcia, Coastal Health & Wellness (CHW) patient services manager. “The categories have
nothing to do with the quality of care you’re signing up for.”
All offered plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions and preventative services including maternity
care, mammograms and other preventative care services.
“You cannot be denied health coverage for having pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer,” Garcia added.
Different plan types are designed to meet different needs. Some plans restrict provider choices or encourage clients to get care from the plan’s network of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other medical service providers.
Other plans pay
a greater share of costs when clients use providers outside of the plan’s network.
“The process can sometimes be a little confusing. We have staff here to help you figure out what all this means for you and your family. What you pay for insurance depends on your income,” Garcia said.
Depending on income, applicants may also qualify for an insurance plan with tax credits or for Medicaid/ Children’s
Health Insurance Program (CHIP). There is no open enrollment for individuals to apply for Medicaid, CHIP or the Healthy
Texas Woman’s Program.
Health Insurance Marketplace is for those who do not have health coverage through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP or
another source that provides qualifying health coverage.
Media Contact: Ashley Tompkins
Director of Communications
Those who have job-based insurance may buy a plan through Health Insurance Marketplace but will pay full price unless
their employer’s insurance does not meet certain standards. Most job-based plans do meet the required standards.
Those who have Medicare cannot switch to Health Insurance Marketplace, supplement their coverage with a plan or buy
a dental plan.
CHW’s certified application counselors are here to help you along the way if you have questions.
Galveston County residents with questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace can call CHW at
409-938-2204 or visit the clinic at
9850-C Emmett F. Lowry Expressway
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The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) is the local public health agency for Galveston County, Texas.
GCHD provides services and programs that protect the everyday health and well-being of Galveston County.
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