Thursday, CEO Gwen MacKenzie and other community and health care leaders participated in a roundtable conversation in Tampa with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the new Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
The Affordable Care Act creates new competitive private health insurance marketplaces, also called “exchanges,” that will provide individuals and small businesses with access to affordable health insurance coverage. Eligible individuals will be able to receive premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions to help with the cost of health insurance coverage. Open enrollment starts Oct. 1, 2013. For an update on the insurance exchanges and an interview with the HHS Secretary, click here.
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota will spearhead local efforts to provide outreach and enrollment assistance, and will be working with community partners including Sarasota Memorial.