Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 15, 2014 – The Health Planning Council has been selected for a second year by Florida Covering Kids & Families at the University of South Florida (USF) as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) consortium partner for Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns and Volusia counties, after USF recently received one of several 2014 Navigator grants for Federally-Facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.
The Council will work in collaboration with USF as one of 12 organizations conducting public education activities for consumers and small employers to raise awareness about the Federal Health Exchange this fall. Open enrollment starts Nov. 15 and lasts through Feb. 15. The council will receive just under $440,000 to facilitate these activities.
Once again, navigators will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance with Marketplace coverage for 2014-2015, including as they shop for, renew and enroll in plans in the Federal Health Exchange this fall. With a total of 10 navigators in northeast Florida, the Council will be able to serve even more than the 13,000 consumers they touched during the last enrollment period.
In addition to helping eligible individuals and their families enroll in coverage, navigators will be working in partnership with the Florida KidCare application assisters to ensure more seamless access to complete coverage for families. The Council also plans to partner with the United Way to utilize their 211 call center to simplify the process in which consumers get connected with local help and information. Consumers can also find pertinent information by visiting http://www.nefloridacounts.org or the NEFL_Navigator Facebook or Twitter accounts.
The Council will be announcing several new permanent enrollment sites in addition to continuing partnerships with Enroll America, the Epilepsy Foundation, Halifax Health, UF Health, Sulzbacher Center, North Florida Health Services, the Care Team, Volusia County Libraries, AGAPE, City of Daytona Beach, City of Jacksonville, and the City of Deltona – all of which are in place to help make the enrollment process easier for consumers to set appointments.
In order to ensure the protection of the consumer, navigators are still required to be trained on and comply with strict security and privacy standards to ensure that consumers’ personally identifiable information is protected, as was the case last year. Council navigators must complete the required 20 hours of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services training and pass all required exams to ensure appropriate understanding of relevant exchange-related information. Navigators are also vetted through extensive background checks through all required Federal and State processes.
“We are honored to continue as one of USF’s partners in this initiative, “states Deanna McDonald, President & CEO, Health Planning Council. “We had amazing synergy last year with USF that allowed the Council to assist in over 1300 enrollments and there are numerous improvements that are planned for this open enrollment period that will allow us to help even more consumers.”
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The Health Planning Council is universally recognized for igniting and facilitating partnerships for healthy and happy places. Our collaborative culture helps us build sustainable and vibrant environments. The Health Planning Council ensures the health industry has the necessary information to make informed, strategic decisions that promote healthy communities and efficient use of resources. Using evidenced-based practices and solutions, there is an awareness and understanding that every policy is a health policy.
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