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Health Insurance

Do you need health insurance?

PMHCA has ended its Health Insurance Navigator program. If you need health insurance, here are some options:

Current Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage for 2018 is now closed. If you do not have a health insurance plan for 2018, you can only enroll in a health insurance plan for 2018 if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

The next open enrollment will be November 1, 2018 through December 15, 2018. Enroll during that time period for insurance that starts January 1, 2019.

Medicaid and Children’s’ Health Insurance Plans (CHIP)

Enrollment for these insurance plans is open all year round. County assistance offices should be able to help people apply. People who need insurance now, and think they may be eligible for Medicaid of CHIP, should apply. The application is available online at www.compass.pa.gov.

Some people who apply for Medicaid may be told that they make too much money to qualify. Those individuals and families can apply to the Marketplace, even if they were told earlier that they did not qualify. If you are denied Medicaid, you are probably eligible for Marketplace insurance.

Need help filling out your COMPASS application?

This information is provided by the PA Department of Human Services, which oversees Medicaid, CHIP and other benefits.

Please call the HELPLINE at 1-800-692-7462 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. People with hearing impairments may call TTY/TTD at 1-800-451-5886. If you have a question during non-business hours or prefer to use email, you may send an email to the PA Department of Human Services. http://www.dhs.pa.gov/Feedback/index.htm

LGBT Americans and the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act is greatly improving access to health coverage for LGBT Americans. Studies have shown that health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identity are due in part to lower rates of health coverage. Learn more...

Join the PMHCA Email List

If you have not already, become a member of PMHCA, or join the PMHCA email list to receive emails as information about this service becomes available. Join the PMHCA email list.


For more information contact Lynn Keltz, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers' Association at 717-564-4930.

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