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What Texans Need to Know as Obamacare Open Enrollment Starts Wednesday

October 30, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Clark, Texans Care for Children,

AUSTIN – From November 1 to December 15, Texans and others can sign up for health insurance for 2018 through the Obamacare Marketplace by visiting or calling 1-800-318-2596.

"Obamacare is the law of the land," said Melissa McChesney of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a member of the Cover Texas Now coalition. "There’s a short window to sign up this year, so Texans shouldn’t wait to take a look at their options and how much financial assistance they can get."

The vast majority of Texans who sign up for a health plan through the Marketplace will receive financial assistance to help pay their monthly premium costs, and some will also get assistance to help with out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and office visit co-pays. In fact, of the more than 1.2 million Texans who purchased insurance through the Marketplace for 2017, 84 percent received financial help to lower the cost of their premiums. Financial help to afford health insurance costs, including tax credits for premiums and cost-sharing reductions for out-of-pocket costs, is still in place.

The short, six-week signup window and the firm December 15 deadline mean anyone who does not sign up for insurance by the deadline or receive insurance from a different source may have to pay a fine.

Texans can get help from trained enrollment assisters in their community to choose the best plan for their health care needs and budget.

Local enrollment assistance programs are listed on and Texans can also call 2-1-1 in many communities to get connected with local enrollment centers.

Local organizations providing enrollment assistance across the state include the following:

Central Texas:

Corpus Christi:

El Paso:

Gulf Coast:

Rio Grande Valley:

San Antonio:

South Plains, West Texas, and Panhandle:

North Texas:

Cover Texas Now is a coalition of consumer and faith-based Texas organizations. For more information, visit