The Eighth Open Enrollment Season for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace begins on November 1st, to allow qualified Florida consumers to obtain Health Care Coverage for 2021.
This annual opportunity for Floridians will once again be available for six weeks, through December 15, 2020. Florida Covering Kids & Families at the University of South Florida partners with organizations collectively referred to as the “COVERING FLORIDA” consortium, to provide Navigator services across the state of Florida. The number of Floridians enrolled in the Marketplace each year has consistently exceeded expectations over the past couple of years. Florida still consistently leads all Marketplace states in the United States in enrollments.
The 8th annual Open Enrollment season comes against the backdrop of the most challenging year that Floridians have faced in the health care arena. The Covid-19 pandemic’s health challenges and its ongoing job and wage losses, the related loss of employer-sponsored insurance, and the confusion surrounding the ongoing legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act itself. Additionally, the current chatter involving Health Care Issues being debated during this election season have created a high level of disinformation and confusion about the facts that consumers need to be able to understand in order to successfully obtain coverage for themselves and their families for 2021.
Covering Florida Navigators deliver free outreach and enrollment services to any Floridian that needs to enroll in health care coverage in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. We assist consumers with telephone, in-person, and virtual online enrollment service and provide public education and outreach activities at locations throughout the state. Our Navigators are trained and certified to help consumers as they shop for their health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. Covering Florida Navigator services are free to consumers, we provide assistance in all of Florida’s 67 counties, and we offer confidential one-on-one customer service.
The pandemic has resulted in a tremendously increased level of need for services, and anyone impacted can find out what their coverage options are now, prior to Open Enrollment. Also, year-round Special Enrollment continues in order to assist eligible consumers who have lost or reduced income, change in residence or any of a number of other significant life changing circumstances. Please call us today to allow our team of experts help you with the specifics of your situation.
It is important to know that RIGHT NOW there is no change to prevent consumers from obtaining coverage for the 2021 calendar year. So please let us help by calling us today at 877-813-9115 or visit our website www.CoveringFlorida.org to schedule an appointment for Open Enrollment, which starts on November 1st and runs through December 15th for coverage beginning on January 1st, 2021.
Florida Covering Kids and Families and its consortium partners have been providing Navigator services throughout the state of Florida since the first Open Enrollment period in 2013. The following eight partners comprise the 2020-2021 Covering Florida statewide consortium and are collectively known as "Covering Florida":
- Big Bend Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) - Serving Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington counties.
- Covering Central Florida (Primary Care Access Network) – Serving Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
- Epilepsy Florida – Serving Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties.
- Family Healthcare Foundation – Serving Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties
- Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida – Serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.
- Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida – Serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee and Sarasota counties.
- Suwannee River Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) - Serving Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Suwannee and Union counties.
- University of South Florida Navigators - Serving the entire State of Florida, to include Brevard, Citrus, Escambia, Hernando, Indian River, Martin, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sumter and Walton counties
Sharing this information will help alert more Florida residents to the upcoming Open Enrollment Period and ongoing Special Enrollment for Covid-19 impacted consumers and others. Consumers who are unable to secure insurance through employment owe it to themselves and their families to #GetCovered and insure themselves against potentially life-changing health related emergencies and developments or unexpected financial insecurity from medical bills. Call or visit Covering Florida today at 877-813-9115 or www.CoveringFlorida.org