Consumers can start signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act on Saturday by visiting healthcare.gov, calling 800-318-2596 or seeking in-person assistance from an insurance agent or federally licensed, nonprofit “navigator.”
Those eligible for insurance will need to sign up by Dec.15 to receive coverage starting Jan.1 and by Feb.15 to avoid increasing financial penalties that sanction the uninsured.
Whether you signed up last year or are a first-time customer, healthcare experts strongly recommend talking to someone who can help guide you through the process. Here is a partial list of places Florida residents can seek free assistance this weekend:
Saturday, November 15
North Shore Medical Center, 1100 NW 95th Street, Miami, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr./Clinica Campesina Health Center, 810 W. Mowry Dr. Homestead, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 16
Pomperdale Deli, 3055 E. Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Consumers can also find one-on-one assistance at local libraries and community locations, as well as various locations at Florida International University and Miami Dade College.
To schedule an appointment for assistance, call the Health Council of South Florida at 786-708-0836. Assistance is available in Spanish, Creole and other languages.
Visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ for more resources.
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This article was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.