April 2, 2020
EPILEPSY FLORIDA AVAILABLE TO HELP SOUTH FLORIDA CONSUMERS NAVIGATE ACA HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
Article originally featured on South Florida Hospital News.
March 25, 2020 – In light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Epilepsy Florida has announced its continued availability to help South Florida consumers navigate healthcare coverage options for Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) marketplace health insurance during the ongoing pandemic.
Epilepsy Florida has trained specialists, called Navigators, available to assist ACA enrollees in reviewing the basics of health insurance, completing the online application, and providing explanation about how federal subsidies for premiums and cost sharing work. All Navigators have undergone federally regulated training, and their services are free and unbiased; Navigators also have no financial stake in the plans consumers select.
Especially for consumers facing unemployment, Epilepsy Florida Navigators are prepared to assist. For consumers laid off due to business decisions related to the COVID-19 crisis, the current rules provide a sixty-day eligibility window for the consumer and their family called a Special Enrollment Period (SEP), which is an opportunity to sign up for a suitable health coverage plan available in the consumer’s county.
South Florida consumers can call Epilepsy Florida toll-free to schedule a virtual or telephonic appointment with an Epilepsy Florida Navigator: 1-877-553-7453.
Epilepsy Florida is part of a five-member consortium called Covering Florida, under which it is subcontracted to provide Navigation services to the South Florida region of Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties. This year is the organization’s second as a consortium member, and its seventh year providing Navigation services.
For more information about Epilepsy Florida and its services, visit www.epilepsyfl.com.
Epilepsy Florida, established in 1971 as a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3), is dedicated to supporting those impacted by epilepsy by confronting the spectrum of challenges created by seizures. It is a partner of the Epilepsy Alliance America. Epilepsy Florida provides numerous services to individuals and families, including advocacy and counseling, education and prevention, direct medical and neuropsychological services, as well as other programs regardless of financial situation or socioeconomic status. For more information, visit www.epilepsyfl.com.