Florida Open Enrollment Extension Information for 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage

Exceptional Circumstances Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Individuals Impacted By 2017 Hurricane-Related Weather Event

The regular Open Enrollment deadline for Florida Marketplace consumers ends this year at midnight on December 15th.  Because of the impact on Florida by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Individuals attesting to residing in or moving from areas affected by a hurricane-related weather event in 2017 will be eligible for an Exceptional Circumstances SEP that extends the Health Insurance Marketplace 2018 Annual Open Enrollment Period through December 31, 2017. Consumers with questions can receive free and confidential assistance from a Covering Florida Navigator by calling (877) 813-9115 or scheduling an appointment online by visiting CoveringFlorida.org.  

Exceptional Circumstances SEP Eligible individuals may contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 or TTY at 1-855-889-4325 to request enrollment using this SEP after December 15, 2017. 

Special Enrollment Period Details:
Since all of Florida’s counties were impacted by Hurricanes this season, consumers must need only verbally attest that they were impacted in and/or relocated to one of those counties due to living in an area that was provided assistance by FEMA due to Hurricane Maria or Hurricane Irma. Consumers are not required to have had, or show proof of insurance for 60 days prior to the SEP.  Documentation to support your attestation will not be required

As with all Health Insurance Marketplace plans, financial assistance may be available. Consumers who receive financial assistance will be required to file US Federal income taxes for 2018.  For more information, call Covering Florida at 877-813-9115

Please see the attached FACT SHEET for more specific details on the Exceptional Circumstances Special Enrollment Period

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-CA-NAV-15-001 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”  “The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.”

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