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Health Insurance: Enrollment, Waivers, and Deadlines

insuranceThe Affordable Care Act health insurance program kicked in on Wednesday. National Public Radio(NPR) shared some statistics in November showing that only a quarter of people who are enrolling are using the website, with the remainder using services such as Certified Application Counselors available in Marion through Heart of Florida Health Center(HFHC). HFHC has assisted approximately 2,000 Marion County residents with health insurance enrollment since October 2013, through their enrollment line, hosting 40 events/presentations, and training 16 people to be Certified Application Counselors.

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Health Insurance Enrollment Has Begun

Insurance enrollment has begun with HealthCare.gov as of October 1st. Heart of Florida Health Center is taking calls. If  you have been rejected for Medicaid in the past, you can still apply now. If you don’t have health insurance, call 2-1-1 to find out how to apply or visit www.healthcare.gov. At times people are experiencing a wait time, when accessing the healthcare.gov website(due to the large number of people accessing the website), to be directed to the login page, this may take a few minutes. The website is available 24/7, so we encourage you to try accessing the website outside of standard business hours for a shorter(or no) wait time.

Key Dates:

October 1, 2013: Open Enrollment Begins
January 1, 2014: Coverage can begin
March 31, 2014: Must apply for insurance or have an exemption by this date. Learn about the many ways people are exempt from required health coverage and fees as well as how to apply for the exemption: here.

Affordable Care in Action

Whether you know of it as the Affordable Care Act or “ObamaCare”, what you may not know is: How Does it Affect Me? HealthCare.gov just launched their new site this summer that can answer all of your questions and more. The act was signed into law in 2010 and three years later, it’s time to start “shopping”!

Families and Small Business Owners can visit Healthcare.gov to start getting ready for enrollment. Enrollment will open on October 1st and coverage will begin as early as January 1, 2014.

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