Florida prepares for massive insurance signup

Florida prepares for massive insurance signup

Facing the next big health-care challenge in Florida, Uncle Sam plans to enlist hundreds of consumer “navigators” over the next several months to help enroll up to 3.5 million uninsured state residents by January, when everyone is required to have health insurance.

Prospective navigators are preparing to plunge into neighborhoods, schools, clinics, unemployment offices, farm-labor hubs, college campuses, churches and companies about to lay off workers – wherever the uninsured can be found – to persuade them to enroll in a health-care plan, help them to fill out the forms and determine if they’re eligible for tax credits to help pay for it.

Still, some of those who already reach out to the uninsured expect the state to be left with big gaps in coverage next year, partly because a deadlocked Florida Legislature — reluctant to carry out the new law known as “Obamacare” — ended its session on May 3 without expanding Medicaid.

Find out more: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/fl-health-consumer-signup-navigators-20130512,0,5025732.story