The Affordable Care Act and JPS Connection
The JPS Connection charity care program offers six levels of discounted healthcare to Tarrant County residents who meet certain income criteria. JPS Connection is not an insurance plan. Tarrant County residents without health insurance should check the federal government’s new Health Insurance Marketplace (“the exchange”) at www.HealthCare.gov.
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Q: How can I tell if I qualify for health insurance through the exchange?
A: www.HealthCare.gov, which allows users to determine whether they qualify for health plans based on household size and income. Also, New Marketplace 24/7 Call Center is available at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) with trained customer service representatives who can answer questions in 150 languages.
Q: Where do I sign up for coverage?
A: www.HealthCare.gov and www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov
Q: I am on JPS Connection. Am I covered?
A: No. JPS Connection provides discounted care to qualified Tarrant County residents at JPS facilities only. You are considered covered if you have Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, any job-related plan, any plan you purchased yourself, COBRA, retiree coverage, TRICARE or VA health coverage.
Q: Can I have an exchange health plan and still be on JPS Connection?
A: Yes, if you meet the income levels and Tarrant County residency requirement. For patients eligible for subsidized insurance on the exchange, JPS offers Connection Secondary to Insurance, which may cover deductibles and other out-of-pocket expenses. For information on JPS Connection, go to
Q: Can I pick JPS Connection on the Health Insurance Marketplace (the exchange)?
A: No. The Marketplace sells insurance. JPS Connection is not health insurance. You need to choose an insurance plan on the Marketplace and come to JPS to apply for Connection.
Q: What are the deadlines?
A: The Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1. For those who sign up by December 15, insurance coverage will start on Jan. 1, 2014. Those who don’t sign up by March 31, 2014, may be fined.
Q: Where can I get help signing up for insurance from the Marketplace?
A: The federal government has given the United Way of Tarrant County a grant to provide assistance to Tarrant County residents who need help signing up for health insurance. For Tarrant County information and assistance, individuals and organizations may call 817-258-8188.