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: How do I find my state Marketplace?

A: Links to all state Marketplaces can be found at

Q: Who can buy coverage in the Marketplace?

A: Most people can shop for coverage in the Marketplace. To be eligible you must live in the state where your Marketplace is, you must be a citizen of the U.S. or be lawfully present in the U.S., and you must not currently be incarcerated. Not everybody who is eligible to purchase coverage in the Marketplace will be eligible for subsidies, however. To qualify for subsidies people will have to meet additional requirements having to do with their income and their eligibility for other coverage.

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.