WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) is a special supplemental food program. WIC provides:
- Nutritious foods, nutrition information, breastfeeding promotion, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other health and social services.
- Foods may include: infant formula and cereal, adult cereals low in sugar and high in iron, milk (lactose-reduced or lactose-free milk), cheese, juice, eggs, peanut butter or dried beans/peas, carrots, and canned tuna.
Who is eligible:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
- Postpartum women
- Children ages 1-5
- Live in Louisiana
- Currently receive Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, LA CHIP, LA MOMS or meet income guidelines
- Have a nutrition/health need
How to tell if you are eligible:
- Check the income guidelines
- What you need to apply (you must apply in person at a WIC clinic)
- Call 1-800-251-BABY (2229) or use the interactive map to find a clinic near you. Call the clinic and make an appointment to apply.
Want an easy way to keep track of your EBT Benefits?
Download the Fresh EBT app! It’s free from the Apple App store or the Google Play store. Use the app to:
- Check your food stamps & cash balance instantly
- Find stores that accept EBT
- Keep track of your spending
If you do not have health insurance and meet certain income guidelines, Medicaid provides coverage for healthcare services. On July 1, 2016, Louisiana Medicaid eligibility guidelines expanded. Now, more adults (including men!) are able to receive full Medicaid coverage.
Healthy Louisiana, formerly known as Bayou Health, is Louisiana’s Medicaid program and provides coverage for healthcare services.
Healthy Louisiana participants enroll in one of five healthcare plans:
- AmeriHealth Caritas
- Louisiana Healthcare Connections
- UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
For more information about the five Healthy Louisiana plans, click here or call 1-855-229-6848. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use the TTY phone number: 1-855-526-3346.
For information about Louisiana Medicaid, including how to apply, call 1-888-342-6207.
LaCHIP (Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program) provides healthcare to uninsured children up to age 19. It is a no-cost program that pays for children’s hospital care, doctor visits, prescription drugs, shots and more.
- To learn more about LaCHIP, click here.
- To learn what LaCHIP covers, click here.
- To apply for LaCHIP, click here.
LaCHIP Affordable Plan is a health insurance program for uninsured children in moderate income families. If your income is too much to qualify for regular LaCHIP, but your gross income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, your children may qualify.
What is it?
The Health Insurance Marketplace is for people who don’t have health coverage. If you don’t have health insurance through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source that provides qualifying coverage, the Marketplace can help you get covered.
I already have health insurance – should I shop around for a different plan using the Health Insurance Marketplace?
- If you have job-based insurance: You can buy a plan through the Marketplace, but you’ll pay full price unless your employer’s insurance doesn’t meet certain standards. Most job-based plans do meet the standards.
- If you have Medicare: You can’t switch to Marketplace insurance,
supplement your coverage with a Marketplace plan, or buy a Marketplace dental plan. Learn about Medicare and the Marketplace.
How does this work in Louisiana?
Louisiana’s Health Insurance Marketplace is called Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana – this service can help you understand what coverage options are available to you in Louisiana.
Certain people are eligible to receive help from Louisiana Healthcare Navigators. A Louisiana Healthcare Navigator will provide you with the accurate and up-to-date information regarding eligibility, enrollment, and Affordable Care Act specifications with information about enrollment in Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and other health programs such as Medicaid and LaCHIP to the people in Louisiana.
Who is eligible to use the Louisiana Healthcare Marketplace
(Louisiana Healthcare Navigators)?
You are eligible to get help from the navigators if you fit one of the following requirements:
- U.S. Citizen or legally in U.S. during entire coverage period.
- Live in the insurance companies’ service area.
- Individuals with income between 100% – 400% of Federal Poverty Level.
- Offered coverage at work but it is not affordable and/or at least 60% actual value.
Behavioral health services for people with Medicaid are covered through Healthy Louisiana (formerly Bayou Health) plans.
- People with Healthy Louisiana plans can get behavioral
health services, including mental health services and/or substance abuse treatment.
- People eligible for Medicaid only need to choose one Healthy Louisiana plan for all of their healthcare needs, including their behavioral and mental health needs. You can compare plans here and find tips for choosing a plan here.
- To learn more about behavioral health services through Healthy Louisiana, click here or call 1-855-229-6848. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, a TTY number is available: 1-855-LAMed4Me (1-855-526-3346).
Coordinated System of Care (CSoC) waivers and services are managed by Magellan Health of Louisiana
Magellan Health of Louisiana manages care for children who are at risk for out of home placement under the Coordinated System of Care (CSoC). Wraparound support, as well as five specialized services, are provided with the goal of assisting children and youth in remaining in their community and/or returning home.
The 5 specialized services available through CSoC are:
- Parent Support and Training
- Youth Support and Training
- Independent Living / Skills Building
- Short Term Respite Care
- Crisis Stabilization
For information on how to access Magellan services, patients can visit their website or call 1-800-424-4489. If patients are deaf or hard-of-hearing, they can call Magellan’s TTY number at 1-800-424-4416.
GNOcommunity.org is a service to help individuals in the New Orleans area find a quality healthcare center that meets their needs. Most participating clinics accept private and public health insurance, or payments can be made on an income-based sliding fee scale.
Our support staff is standing by 24/7 to answer questions and to link you to resources in your area.
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