Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 8, 2014 – The City of Jacksonville, Cover Jacksonville, Enroll America and the Health Planning Council will jointly host an open enrollment event Saturday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m. at Regency Square Mall. Spanish-speaking Navigators will be available throughout the event.
The public and small business owners can learn more about their options to enroll for quality affordable individual coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Navigators, insurance brokers and in-person application assisters will be available to offer free enrollment help for small business owners, adults, families or parents seeking affordable coverage for their children. They will also assist consumers in determining if they qualify for financial assistance. Additionally, help is available for those consumers looking to renew their coverage.
Based on federal guidelines, all adult health insurance plans must offer ten essential benefits, including doctor visits, medications, emergency room visits, maternity care, and more.
During the first week of open enrollment (Nov 15- Nov 21) nearly 1 million applications were created at healthcare.gov, with approximately 462,000 individuals selecting plans. Of that number, 48 percent were new consumers, while 52 percent represented renewing customers from last year.
What: City-wide health insurance open enrollment event
When: Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Regency Square Mall*
9501 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL 32225
*Located across from Kid’s Foot Locker in the mall
Who: Health Planning Council, Cover Jacksonville, City of Jacksonville, Enroll America, Small Business Association, Jacksonville Health Commissioner and State Rep. Mia Jones, Duval County Public Schools, Florida Department of Children and Families, Circuit 4, Florida Department of Health, Duval County, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the Epilepsy Foundation of Northeast Florida, the I.M. Sulzbacher Center, First Coast Care Team, the Affordable Care Agency, Florida Blue, Aetna and the United Way of Northeast Florida.
Families interested in affordable health insurance for their children should visit the Cover Jacksonville website and download the Enrollment Application Checklist, so they may adequately prepare; and have time to gather all documents needed prior to starting their child’s enrollment process. Through Florida KidCare, most families pay only $15-20 per month. Some pay even less. Also through the website at www.coverjax211.com, families may also make appointments to meet with free, in-person application assistors, who will guide them through the application process and assist them in completing their child’s enrollment.
The Marketplace has private health insurance with savings based on income. Plans cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventive care. Most people who apply through the Marketplace qualify for premium tax credits and savings on out-of-pocket costs based on household size and income.
To be eligible for health coverage through the marketplace, you must live in the United States, be a U.S. citizen or national, and not be currently incarcerated. However, if you have Medicare coverage, you’re not eligible to use the Marketplace to buy a health or dental plan.
Documents required for Marketplace Enrollment: When applying for or renewing coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, consumers need to provide some information about themselves and their household, including income, any insurance coverage they currently have, and some additional items listed below.
About the Health Planning Council
The Health Planning Council is universally recognized for igniting and facilitating partnerships for healthy and happy places. Our collaborative culture helps us build sustainable and vibrant environments. The Health Planning Council ensures the health industry has the necessary information to make informed, strategic decisions that promote healthy communities and efficient use of resources. Using evidenced-based practices and solutions, there is an awareness and understanding that every policy is a health policy. The mission of the Health Planning Council is to champion healthy communities, lifestyles and accessible, quality health and wellness.
About Enroll America
Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on one goal: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage.
About Cover Jacksonville
Cover Jacksonville There are currently more than 16,000 children in Duval County who qualify for free or low-cost health insurance through Florida’s Healthy Kids program, but are not enrolled, because their parents are simply not aware. In July of 2014, the National League of Cities selected Jacksonville as one of eight cities across the US to receive a grant to address this problem. Cover Jacksonville is a health campaign that builds on existing enrollment efforts and leverages community resources in order to reduce the number of uninsured children in Duval County. The effort is led by the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission.