Health Insurance

Health Insurance Marketplace

This section offers general information about applying for individual health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) using the Health Insurance Marketplace.  Additional details about the ACA are available at The Affordable Care Act, Section by Section

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) emergency, open enrollment period  for 2021 is currently February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021. You can begin your ACA application for coverage at Applying for Health Coverage.  After the above enrollment period closes and you then have a Qualifying Life Event or Complex Issues, you don't need to wait until the next enrollment period to apply for health insurance; to find out about more about how special enrollment periods work, the Health Insurance Marketplace offers information about the process at Special Enrollment Periods in the Marketplace.

Information about applying for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is available at Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment.

Individuals and families can call the Health Insurance Marketplace's toll-free customer service line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for application information at (800) 318-2596 or TTY: (855) 889-4325. Information about applying for health insurance coverage under the ACA can be found at Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Spanish language counterpart of the Health Insurance Marketplace is available at Mercado de Seguros Médicos. The telephone numbers and websites shown above are managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The official Health Insurance Marketplace paper application (PDF format) is available for downloading from the Marketplace website at Health Insurance Marketplace Paper Application; paper application instructions (PDF format) are available at Marketplace Paper Application Instructions.

Click our Helpful Links to see numerous subject listings for ACA health insurance coverage application information, including information on finding coverage, how to apply, finding application assistance, applying for coverage by telephone, finding local personal help to apply, documents needed to apply, eligibility information, estimating premiums and subsidies, and finding a health insurance agent.

For information about the difference and interaction between the Nueces Aid Program and the ACA, see our Nueces Aid Program and Affordable Care Act FAQ sheet.

We hope you find this webpage and links informative; please email us any comments or questions about the difference and interaction between the Nueces Aid Program and the ACA.