Florida navigators get $9.5 million to sign up folks for health plans

medical billFlorida groups that help people sign up for 2017 health coverage on Affordable Care Act exchanges will receive $9.5 million in grants, federal officials announced Tuesday.

“As we gear up for the upcoming open enrollment period, which kicks off on November 1, we’re focused not only on helping the newly insured successfully renew their coverage, but also on reaching the smaller pool of remaining uninsured and helping them get enrolled,” said Ray Paultre, Florida state director for sign-up group Enroll America. “It is critically important that consumers know that free, in-person help is available in their neighborhood and that there is financial assistance available to purchase health insurance coverage.”

The list features plenty of returning organizations including the University of South Florida, Pinellas County, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida Inc., Meridian Behavioral Healthcare Inc., Community Health Interventions & Sickle Cell Agency Inc. and the Public Health Trust doing business as Jackson Health System.

These groups sometimes work with local partners. Contact information for navigators can be found at localhelp.healthcare.gov or the Florida Get Covered Connector.

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