Urge Congress to Close the Coverage Gap.
In Florida and the 11 other states that refuse to expand Medicaid, more than 2 million people still live without reasonable access to health coverage.
The Build Back Better Act currently features several policies that would make health care more affordable:
Covering low-income workers in the Medicaid Coverage Gap;
Expanding Medicare to include dental, vision, hearing benefits and lowering the eligibility age; and
Improving long-term care for seniors and persons with disabilities (HCBS).
The U.S. House and Senate are now working to pass a final budget, but there is no guarantee that Medicaid expansion will be included. That's why it's critical to take action.
With one-click, contact Florida's congressional representatives and urge them to support a permanent and comprehensive fix for the coverage gap in the final budget!
When is open enrollment and where can I get help?The Affordable Care Act Marketplace open enrollment period starts on November 1st until December 15th. Schedule an appointment at www.coveringflorida.org or call Covering Florida for more info at 877-813-9115. Covering Florida Navigators provide FREE enrollment assistance in all of Florida’s 67 counties and offer confidential one-on-one customer service, phone assistance, and virtual appointments to anyone looking to enroll for health care coverage.
How do Special Enrollment Periods work?You qualify for a Special Enrollment Period if you've had certain life events, including losing health coverage, moving, getting married, having a baby, or adopting a child. Florida residents impacted by Covid-19, including job or wage loss and related health insurance loss may qualify. If you qualify for an SEP, you usually have up to 60 days following the event to enroll in a plan, so don't delay calling us to learn your options. Call the Covering Florida navigators (877-813-9115) today for information on eligibility and to schedule an appointment for Special Enrollment.
What if I have a pre-existing condition?All Marketplace plans must cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions. No insurance plan can reject you, charge you more, or refuse to pay for essential health benefits for any condition you had before your coverage started. Once you’re enrolled, the plan can’t deny you coverage or raise your rates based only on your health. Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) also can't refuse to cover you or charge you more because of your pre-existing condition. Under the law, insurers are prohibited from using a consumer’s health status to deny coverage (guaranteed issue), set individual and small group market rates (community rating), exclude coverage of pre-existing conditions, or cancel a policy. Guaranteed issue: The requires insurers to offer health insurance products to everyone in the market, regardless of health status. Community rating: The ACA’s rating rules prohibit insurers from charging higher premiums based on an insured’s health status and they can only vary rates based on geographic rating area, age (limited to a 3:1 differential), tobacco use (limited to a 1.5:1 differential), and whether or not it is individual or family coverage. Ban on Pre-existing Condition Exclusions: Under the ACA, insurers are not allowed to limit or exclude coverage of services and treatment based on an enrollee’s pre-existing condition.