Learn about your options for health insurance and medical care.
Follow the links below for information on health care assistance and insurance options.
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.