Friday, September 27, 2013

How To Get Help For Health Insurance In Southwest Florida

Local Help Through Health Care "Navigator" Program

LABELLE, FL. -- The Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida is partnering with local community and social service agencies to provide "Navigators" for the new Affordable Health Care Initiative that starts in October for those needing affordable health insurance. 

Navigators, helping provide information about the Health Care Act will work with agencies that are already assisting individuals in their community with social and health care services. Many who have already trained an existing staff member to perform the Navigator function as it complements their current role within their agency.

There are 3 key dates associated with the shopping for health insurance to mark on your calendar:

· October 1, 2013: Marketplace open enrollment starts

· January 1, 2014: Health coverage can start if you enrolled by December 15

· March 31, 2014: Open enrollment ends

Where to go for information:

1) Go to and apply on-line with toll free support at the national level 1-800-318-2596.

2) Visit - type in your zip code and find local assistance in your area.

3) Contact your local insurance agent or broker for in person assistance.

4) Contact the Florida local toll free number 1-866-547-2793 for in person assistance of a navigator or certified application counselor.

5) Follow online on and

Navigators and Certified Application Counselors are available through the following agencies in the following counties:

Charlotte County – Virginia B. Andes

Collier County – Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA), Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

Hendry County – HPCSWF

DeSoto – HPCSWF, Manatee County Rural Health System

Glades – Florida Community Health, HPCSWF

Hardee – HPCSWF

Highlands – Heartland Rural Health Network

Lee County – Lee Human Service, McGregor Clinic, United Way of Lee County, Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida

Manatee - Manatee County Rural Health System

Sarasota – Comprehensive Care Clinic, United Way, Community Center of North Port, Manatee County Rural Health System

The local office opens on October 1st, 2013 at 8:00 am. Toll-Free Number is: 1-866-547-2793

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