Health care

Health care

Health care

Learn about your options for health insurance and medical care.

Follow the links below for information on health care assistance and insurance options.

Health insurance

Losing employer-sponsored health insurance can be a big concern after a layoff. You have several options for continuing your health care coverage.

  • Explore health care options with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Information on Job Loss.
  • Learn more about COBRA to temporarily extend health coverage under your previous employer's group plan
  • Visit HealthCare.gov to explore health insurance and pricing options.

Health insurance programs for low-income families and individuals

  • You may qualify for Medicaid, a state-federal health insurance program for low-income people, families and children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides low-cost health insurance coverage for children in families who earn too much income to qualify for regular coverage but cannot afford to purchase private health insurance.
  • Federally funded Health Centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.

Note: COVID-19/Coronavirus update

  • A federal law requires all private insurance plans to cover COVID-19 treatments and vaccines and makes all Coronavirus tests free.
  • Visit your state's health department website for information on what your state is doing about the COVID-19 pandemic. Find your state site here:https://www.usa.gov/state-health.
  • In addition to the options listed above, note that furloughed workers are still technically employed and may continue their health care coverage through their employer, even while eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • Enrolling in your state-level health care exchange system may be an option if you have lost your job, which is considered a qualifying life event for enrollment.