About the Health Insurance Marketplace
The regular open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace is typically from Nov 1 – Dec 15 annually. Outside of the enrollment period, you can still enroll in a Marketplace health plan only if you qualify for the special enrollment period. You can apply for Medicaid and CHIP at any time. If you do not have a computer, please check with your local library for access or visit Access Florida.
Get Free Marketplace Sign-Up Help
If you have any questions about the Affordable Care Act or need assistance enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace, contact us using the form below and we’ll have a Certified Application Counselor contact you.
Getting Prepared to EnrollGet your required information prepared, find answers to your coverage questions, and figure out what options you need. It’s good to be prepared, and now is the time to get started.
- Gather information regarding your household income. To help determine health savings you’re eligible for, the Marketplace will need income information from your W-2, current pay stubs or your tax return.
- Start setting a budget to spend on your premiums each month. You will need to determine which health plan meets your families health needs, but also meets your budget requirements.
- Find out if your employer plans to offer health insurance. If your employer offers you health coverage, you will not qualify for marketplace coverage, however your family is still eligible for marketplace coverage. For questions or concerns please fill out a form above to have a Certified Application Counselor contact you.
Health Insurance Marketplace Quick Guide
Health Insurance ID cards will be delivered to you through the mail shortly after you’ve been enrolled the plan you’ve selected.
How Does The Affordable Care Act Help Me?
The Affordable Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) brings along a Marketplace accessible through HealthCare.gov that gives you the ability to compare coverage options, benefits, quality and determine which features are important to you. The Marketplace lets you determine the correct combination of benefits and price that fits your budget and meets your needs.
There are many benefits to the Affordable Care Act that you may not have heard about yet.
- Low Cost of Coverage – The Marketplace application process will determine if there are any additional ways to get lower monthly premiums with your current plan. You’ll also learn if you’re eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program.
- Essential Health Benefits – Doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization, prescriptions and more essential health benefits are covered under all plans.
- Pre-Existing Conditions Covered – No longer worry about being denied coverage because of an existing condition. All pre-existing health conditions will be covered including pregnancy or disability.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Open Enrollment is typically from November 1 through December 15. This is the time for individuals or families to purchase new coverage, renew their existing coverage, or decide to switch plans or insurers.
Community Health Centers offers enrollment assistance at no cost to you. We encourage all individuals to seek out our assistance to ensure they are receiving maximum discounts.
The individual Marketplace can be accessed at http://www.healthcare.gov.
If you already have an ACA policy through the Marketplace you should go back to the Marketplace either on-line or contact our certified Marketplace Navigators to confirm your eligibility. Failure to confirm this information by December 15 may cause you to lose your coverage.
There’s a list of items used to determine the premium rates for plans. These items include whether the plan is for an individual or family, age, geographic location, tobacco use, etc.
If you endure certain life changes including getting married, moving, having a baby, etc., or qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, you may be eligible to enroll outside the normal enrollment period.