USF Health navigators host March 6 event to help consumers enroll in Health Insurance Marketplace

“Nav-Lab” open to USF campus, community; anyone with questions about coverage welcome

Tampa, FL (Feb. 25, 2014) — An on-site community outreach event to help consumers learn more about their enrollment options in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday March 6, in the USF Health Computer Lab at the Faculty Office Building (first floor), 13220 USF Laurel Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

Navigators from USF Health, joined by those from Florida CHAIN and Covering Tampa Bay, will be able to assist 40 people an hour.   Representatives from Enroll America will offer education about the Marketplace, and navigators can help individuals and families sort out the coverage choices and guide those interested in enrolling through the application process.

“Getting covered is about taking personal responsibility for your health and financial well-being,” said Jodi Ray, project director of the Florida Covering Kids & Families program at the USF Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, College of Public Health. “We can help people navigate the Marketplace to find a plan that provides the care they need and fits their budgets.”

The $4.2 million navigator grant awarded to the University of South Florida last year was the largest in Florida. USF Health works with 10 consortium partners across the state to help those who want assistance shopping for and enrolling in private healthcare insurance available through the online marketplace.

The deadline this year to enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is March 31.

“Nav-Lab” walk-ins are welcome, but registration is recommended because parking is limited.

For more information or to register, please email mchavez1@health.usf.edu, or call (813) 974-0176.  Accommodations for people with disabilities or those who speak other languages can be made when appointments are scheduled.

Visitors parking on the USF Tampa campus are required to purchase a daily parking permit.  USF students, faculty and staff may park in the Laurel Drive Parking Garage, top floor, or Lot 42 adjacent to the garage. In addition, a Bull runner shuttle stops at the corner of Laurel and Holly Drives, immediately in front of the Faculty Office Building, where the Nav-Lab event will be.

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USF Health navigator Michelle Ray assists a consumer with enrollment.

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Anne DeLotto Baier, USF Health Communications
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