Health Insurance Marketplace Assistance at Sarasota Memorial:
Certified Application Counselors are available to help community members learn about and enroll in the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace at free informational sessions from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Nov. 12, 19 and 26, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Business/Cashier's Office, on the first floor just past the "B" elevators, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Se Habla Español. For more information, click here. (For Spanish, click here.) This service is provided at no cost to Sarasota County residents by the Community Health Center of North Port, Inc through the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) it administers.
Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Runs Oct. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Individuals, families and small businesses now have a new way to buy health insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace (also called an "exchange"). Open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace takes place Oct. 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014. Coverage may start as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Lower–income individuals may be eligible for federal premium tax credits to help pay for private health insurance through the Marketplace.
- If you're an individual, family or small business, click here to enroll or for more information about the Marketplace.
- If you're an employer and would like more information, click here.
- Click here or call (866) 547-2793 to contact a local Certified Application Counselor for assistance and for a calendar of free informational sessions in Sarasota County.
Note for Medicare beneficiaries: Medicare is not part of the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Medicare beneficiaries are already covered and do NOT need to enroll in the new Marketplace. Click here for more information.
Coverage Expansion: Support a Healthy Florida
Health care coverage is one of the most important issues facing our state. It affects all Floridians – whether they already have health insurance or not. When those without insurance rely on expensive emergency room visits for care, it increases health care costs for everyone.
Despite the fact that most have jobs, approximately 4 million low-income Floridians do not have access to affordable health insurance. A serious illness can be devastating.
Florida is facing an important decision point. The state has the opportunity to use over $50 billion in federal funds to extend health care coverage to 1 million or more working Floridians, giving them access to primary and preventative care that will help them avoid serious illnesses, get early treatments and stay productive. For Sarasota Memorial and other hospitals, it means having more resources that benefit every patient. If you'd like to join a coalition of businesses and individuals who support the extension of coverage, or want to let your legislator know how much this issue matters to all of us, please click here.