FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Open enrollment to purchase healthcare insurance through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace kicks off on Wednesday, November 1 and runs for only 45 days through December 15, 2017. For people who enroll in a health insurance plan by the Dec. 15 deadline, coverage will begin on January 1, 2018.
Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC) has partnered with Hispanic Unity of Florida and the Urban League of Broward County to make it easy for individuals and families to sign up for medical coverage. Broward residents will receive assistance from certified Navigators in selecting and enrolling in one of the various health insurance plan options.
“With the shorter enrollment period this year, we want to make sure no one misses the deadline to purchase or keep their insurance in 2018,” said Michael DeLucca, President and CEO of BRHPC. “Many people do not realize that, if their plan is not offered next year, they may not be automatically enrolled. We encourage people to contact us early to receive help. There is no cost to the applicant.”
All plans under the Affordable Care Act cover essential health benefits: (1) ambulatory patient services; (2) emergency services; (3) hospitalization; (4) maternity and newborn care; (5) mental health and substance use disorder services including behavioral health treatment; (6) prescription drugs; (7) rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; (8) laboratory services; (9) preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and (10) pediatric services, including oral and vision care.
How much a consumer pays for insurance depends on last year’s income. In 2016, 77 percent of Broward County residents received cost-sharing reductions under the Affordable Care Act that lowered the cost of deductibles and copayments.
Timing is critical because of this year’s shortened enrollment period. The tax penalty for not purchasing health insurance is 2.5 percent of total household income, or $695 per adult (whichever is greater) and $347.50 per child. The government collects these penalties through tax refunds on federal tax returns.
BRHPC has certified navigators who can schedule appointments and assist with the enrollment process. The fastest/best way to secure health insurance is to make an appointment.
Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc.
200 Oakwood Lane, Hollywood, FL 33020
Hours: By appointment only
Monday – Friday
Hispanic Unity of Florida
5840 Johnson Street, Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-342-0420 or 954-964-8884
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday - Friday
Urban League of Broward County
560 N.W. 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Monday - Friday
Residents need to bring the following documentation to their appointment:
Social Security number
Photo identification (driver’s license, government or school ID, passport)
Employer and income information (pay stubs or W-2 forms)
Naturalization or immigration documentation (for legal immigrants)
Email Address (an account can be set up at the appointment)
Policy numbers of current health plans (insurance card)
Current doctors and insurance plans they accept, family health history
Bring a list of questions and things to discuss; take notes during your visit.
Bring someone with you to help if you need it.
To learn how to enroll, or for more information, email www.brhpc.org or log onto www.brhpc.org/programs/navigator
“The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-CA-NAV-15-001from 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.”