Sen. Gibson, Community Health Groups, Regency Mall to Kickoff Second Open Enrollment Period

Local public-private coalition holding press conference to launch second Affordable Care Act enrollment period beginning November 15

JACKSONVILLE, FL – With the second Affordable Care Act open enrollment period just a couple days away, Get Covered America, Sen. Audrey Gibson, Cover Jacksonville, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida and the Regency Square Mall will be holding a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at 11am at the Regency Square Mall to launch the start of the second open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15, 2015.

The ceremony will officially mark Get Covered America’s new partnership with Regency Square Mall, who has donated a 10,000 square foot space dedicated to hosting enrollment events and providing a permanent resource hub during open enrollment where the public can learn more about their options in the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to enroll in quality, affordable health coverage. The first enrollment event in the newly launched venue will be held this Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9am-3pm.  During the last open enrollment period, nearly one million Floridians gained access to quality, affordable health coverage. Ninety-one percent of Floridians who enrolled in a Marketplace plan received tax credits and pay an average premium of only $68 per month.All plans must offer ten essential benefits including doctor’s visits, medications, emergency room visits, maternity care, and more.

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WHAT: Press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony WHERE: Regency Square Mall 9501 Arlington Expy., Jacksonville, FL 32225 (Enter through the food court and turn left down the main corridor toward JCPenney. Location will be on your left hand side before you reach the JCPenney) WHEN: Tomorrow, November 14, 2014 at 11:00a.m. WHO: Sen. Audrey Gibson, Get Covered America State Organizing Director Raymond Paultre, Jacksonville Children’s Commission CEO Jon Heymann VISUALS: Ribbon cutting ceremony, elected officials, public and private nonprofit organization leaders


About Get Covered America and Enroll America   Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in 11 states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.   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 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. Led by the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, the campaign’s key partners include State Representative and Jacksonville Health Commissioner Mia Jones; Duval County Public Schools; Enroll America; Florida Blue; the Florida Department of Children and Families; the Florida Department of Health in Duval County; THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital; United Way of Northeast Florida; the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida; and the Northeast Florida Center for Community Initiatives at UNF. For more information, visit