Thank You for Helping Us Help Enroll 1.7 Million Floridians Again!

TAMPA, FL – December 22, 2017
For Immediate Release

A lot more Floridians than we expected are going to have peace of mind and one less worry because they enrolled for Affordable Care Act Marketplace coverage during the six weeks of Open Enrollment. Figures released yesterday by HHS show that Florida again led the way in enrollments among Affordable Care Act Marketplace states with 1.7 Million consumers

The 1.7 Million figure matched last year’s total enrollment, an achievement that no one had expectations of happening.
Jodi Ray , the Project Director for the statewide Covering Florida consortium had the following statement:
“Hearing that we matched last year’s total of 1.7 Million Floridians is amazing and proves not just how hard everyone worked to help as many consumers as feasibly possible, but just how great the need is and the personal desire to have health care coverage is to Floridians and Americans across the country. The fact that our statewide consortium was able to help achieve those numbers in half the time and in spite of serious budget cuts is in large part due to the help received from our partners, including the University of South Florida, CBS Community Partnerships, Get America Covered, Young Invincibles, League of Women Voters, traditional and social media outlets, statewide & local advocacy groups and grassroots activists and individuals. Thank you to everyone who committed to getting their friends, family and communities covered and stepped up and reached those people who now have 2018 coverage. Take a minute during the upcoming holiday period to sit back and appreciate this success you helped achieve. Covering Florida wishes everyone a VERY HEALTHY 2018!! “
Because of the Hurricane season impacts, Floridians can still get covered and be able to enjoy a healthier 2018 before the Hurricane Special Enrollment opportunity ends on December 31 st .
Exceptional Circumstances (Hurricane) 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.

About Covering Florida: Florida Covering Kids & Families is the lead entity for a Cooperative Agreement with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide Navigator services throughout Florida. FL-CKF is a community and consumer-focused non-profit initiative of The Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, based in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Learn more here .

For free in-person Navigator assistance state-wide call (877) 813-9115 or visit   

Media inquiries please call Jody Young at 561-704-3912 or
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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