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Learn How You Can Get Health Insurance

The next annual enrollment period to sign up for federal health insurance begins November 15, 2014. Health insurance coverage will begin January 1, 2015. 

Even though enrollment in health insurance is not “open” right now, you may still be able to sign up for health insurance.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides Special Enrollment Periods to get health insurance if a Qualifying Life Event has happened to you in the last 60 days.

Qualifying Life Events:

  • Loss of Employer coverage
  • Loss of Medicaid, Health Choice or COBRA
  • Marriage, Divorce or Death of a spouse
  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • New Job or new income that makes you subsidy eligible
  • New Resident to NC or from a different region of NC
  • Gaining Citizenship Status



Blue Cross Blue Shield has partnered with Buncombe County Health and Human Services to give you easy access to the information you need about getting access to health insurance.  You can find us at one of several locations, or give us a call for a free rate quote!  Working with an agent does not cost you anything extra.  We are assisting residents to make informed decisions about their health insurance.

The Asheville Blue Store—Main Office
1854 Hendersonville Rd, Suite C, Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 348-2583

Buncombe County Health and Human Services
40 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 250-5011

Western North Carolina Community Health Services—Minnie Jones
257 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 285-0622 ext. 2335

Mission Hospital
509 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
(2nd floor near patient registration area)
(828) 213-1283

For more information, call (828) 348-2583 or visit

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