While the national Open Enrollment period for selecting and enrolling in healthcare plans ends on December 15, individuals and families who live in Florida have until December 31.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that U.S. residents affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will have until the end of December to enroll in plans through HealthCare.gov for 2018.
The special enrollment period between December 16 – 31 applies to people who reside in (or who resided in when the hurricane hit) one of the counties that FEMA deemed eligible for “individual assistance” or “public assistance” following Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Affected counties include the entire state of Florida.
So if you are one of the 1.4 million Floridians who have or are seeking a healthcare plan for 2018 through the Affordable Care Act Healthcare Marketplace, you have until December 31 to select and enroll in a plan.
This enrollment can be processed through the Marketplace call center after December 15. All that is needed to qualify for the special enrollment period is a statement that you were affected by the hurricane. Click here for more information on how to contact the U.S. government’s healthcare marketplace.
The special enrollment period for Medicare will apply to individuals planning to enroll, dis-enroll or switch Medicare health or prescription drug plans, according to the announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Seniors who wish to learn more or confirm their eligibility for this special enrollment period should call 1-800-MEDICARE.
Our partners at the Health Council of South Florida will be holding the following events to assist with enrollment: