Florida Champions for Coverage Join Obama Administration’s Effort to Help Americans Understand the Health Insurance Marketplace

Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—September 13, 2013. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today recognized more than 25 Florida organizations and businesses that have volunteered to help uninsured Americans learn more and get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

 “A network of volunteers on the ground in every state – health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials – can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled,” said Secretary Sebelius.

Champions for Coverage are local businesses and organizations – bloggers, community health centers, hospitals, communities of faith, and civic organizations. They will use publicly available materials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) – both digital and in print – to help members of their communities understand their new options through the Marketplace. There are many ways these organizations can help, including hanging a poster in their office, hosting an enrollment fair or educational event, or posting links on their website.

“We are both excited and thankful to have such a wide variety of businesses and organizations that want to get involved and help us spread the message about these new opportunities for people to access quality, affordable health insurance when open enrollment begins on October 1,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

The growing list of Florida organizations includes:

  •          Bay County Public Library
  •          Bethlehem Baptist Church
  •          CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
  •          Community Service Center of Perrine
  •          Community service center of Westchester
  •          Edge Benefits Consulting, Inc
  •          Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida
  •          Free Clinic Solutions
  •          Health Council of South Florida, Inc.
  •          Jackson Health System
  •          Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc.
  •          League of Women Voters of Florida
  •          Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
  •          New Hope Human Services Inc
  •          New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church of Oslo, Inc.
  •          Okeechobee County Library
  •          Outreach Community Care Network
  •          Positive Images Enterprises, Inc.
  •          Public Health Student Association at Florida State University
  •          Safeguard Business Solutions Corp.
  •          Sarasota County Libraries
  •          Sunshine State Health Reform Advisors
  •          Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  •          Technology Resource Center, Inc
  •          The McGregor Clinic
  •          The Shnider Group LLC
  •          True Fast Outreach Ministries, Inc.
  •          We Care Jacksonville, Inc. 

Today’s announcement follows the significant effort made this summer on outreach and education around the Marketplace. Consumers can learn about and enroll in coverage later this fall through HealthCare.gov, or cuidadodesalud.gov.   They can participate in an online web chat, or call 1-800-318-2596 toll free (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) to speak with a trained customer service representative in any of 150 languages.     

There will also be people in local communities who can provide in-person help with coverage choices. HHS awarded $67 million to more than 100 Navigator grant applicants.  More than 1,200 community health centers across the country have received over $150 million to help enroll uninsured Americans in coverage.  And a partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help trusted local libraries be a resource for consumers who want information on their options. 

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1 for coverage starting as early as January 1, 2014. Visit HealthCare.gov to learn more and to sign up for account.

To see the list of 100 national Champions for Coverage visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champions-for-coverage-list.pdf.

To become a Champion of Coverage, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champion-apply.html.

Source: hhs.gov