This is part of a compensated campaign with The Navigator Project of SW and GC Florida. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
I live every day in fear, fear that anything big or small might happen to either of us and we won’t have the money to pay for it. You see, for the last 5 years my husband and I have been uninsured. This is specially hard for me because growing up I always had great health insurance. My husband was not offered insurance through his job and private insurance for two healthy, non smoking adults (the kids have health insurance through Healthy Kids) costs more than our rent! After my husband became self employed, like me, our hopes of affording health insurance anytime in the near feature completely disappeared. This is why I am very so excited that there will soon be more affordable options through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
How can you enroll in the Marketplace on October 1st?
You can go online now to healthcare.gov and explore the website, the assistance for which you may be eligible, and the insurance products that will be available. You have the following options when it comes to applying :
1) Apply on-line with no assistance by visiting www.healthcare.gov at any time. This will be a user friendly website with toll free support at the national level.
2) Contact your local insurance agent or broker for in person assistance
3) Contact the Southwest and Gulf Central Florida Navigator program for in person assistance by calling the following toll free number :1-866-547-2793 . This service will be available Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm starting on October 1st. The Navigator program is available only if you live in the following counties: Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands and Hardee. To find providers in other areas you can call the following nationwide toll free number: 1-800-318-2596.
About the Navigator Program
I am sure that just like me, many people have lots of questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace, what their options will be and how to access them. This is where the Navigator program comes in. Funded through the University of South Florida Consortia the Navigator program can assist you with information about the Marketplace and the enrollment process in the following Florida counties: Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades, DeSoto, Sarasota, Manatee, Highlands and Hardee.
With a network of Navigators and Certified Application Counselors the Navigator program is working with agencies that are already assisting and connecting people with social and health care services in each community as they already know these communities and the local support services that are available in each of them.
Join The Local Conversation On September 30th
We want to invite you to join the local conversation for Southwest and Gulf Central Florida. Ten influential bloggers will be talking about the Health Insurance Marketplace; what they expect from it, and how it may help our families and our communities.
When: Monday, September 30th at 6pm
Use Hashtag #healthcareSWGCFL