The Affordable Care Act and JPS Connection

 The JPS Connection program offers discounted healthcare to Tarrant County residents who meet certain 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


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Q:  How can I tell if I qualify for health insurance through the exchange?
A:, 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. JPS can help, too. Eligibility and Enrollment specialists at JPS are Certified Application Counselors trained to help people with the Marketplace.

Q: Where do I sign up for coverage?
A: and

Q: I am on JPS Connection. Am I covered?
A: No. JPS Connection provides discounted care to qualified Tarrant County residents at JPS facilities. 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, Tarrant County residency requirement, and other requirements. For patients eligible for subsidized insurance on the Marketplace, JPS offers Connection Secondary to Insurance, which may help cover out-of-pocket expenses. For information on JPS Connection, go to Overview of JPS Assistance Programs

Q:  Can I pick JPS Connection on the Health Insurance Marketplace?
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 signed up by Dec. 15, 2013, insurance coverage started 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:  All Eligibility and Enrollment specialists at JPS are Certified Application Counselors and can help you. They can be reached by calling 817-702-1001 and are available at nine JPS locations, including the central Eligibility and Enrollment Center at 1325 S. Main St. View the complete list of JPS clinics that include Eligibility and Enrollment specialists.