In person help for people trying to enroll in health care
Tampa, Florida -- As the March 31 enrollment deadline approaches, the City of Tampa is offering in person help for people who need to sign up. Recreation Centers are open and staffed with navigators to assist residents interested in signing up.
No appointment is necessary; residents interested in affordable health care options are encouraged to walk in. Those wishing to enroll should bring Social Security numbers; Birth dates; Pay stubs, W-2 forms; Policy numbers for any current health insurance; Information about any health insurance you or your family could get from your employer.
Sunday, March 30
- 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Jackson Heights NFL Yet Center on 3310 Lake Avenue
Monday, March 31
- 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Hunt Center at Al Lopez Park on 4810 North Himes Avenue
- 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Springhill Recreation Center on 1000 East Eskimo Avenue
- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., USF Navigator Office, 3500 E. Fletcher Ave., Suite 530 in Tampa
Walk-ins are welcome. Residents can also enroll 24/7 online at healthcare.gov or call 800.318.2596.
What Floridians need to know about the deadline for enrollment:
Q. Hasn't the deadline for Marketplace enrollment been extended past March 31?
A. No. The deadline for open enrollment is March 31. After that date, anyone who has not attempted to get covered may be subject to a fine. While Medicaid and CHIP enrollment is year-round, individuals won't be able to enroll in Marketplace coverage until later this year unless they experience certain life changes (e.g., loss of job-based coverage or birth of a child).
Q. Then what has changed?
A. HHS has made clear that for people who tried to sign up before March 31 but couldn't complete their application due to circumstances beyond their control will be given a grace period to finish the process. This is similar to the way people who are waiting in line to vote when the polls close are still allowed to vote.
Q. How is it determined that someone is "in line" by March 31?
A. If the consumer has made a good faith effort to enroll in coverage by March 31 but was unable to complete the process due to circumstances beyond their control, they are considered "in line" and will need to attest to that fact on their application.
Q. Can't people just wait to start the process until after March 31?
A. No. In order to be eligible for this grace period, the consumer needs to have made a good faith effort to enroll in coverage by March 31st.
Q. Can't people still enroll directly with insurance companies after March 31?
A. No. Open enrollment closes on March 31, both on and off the Marketplace. Individuals cannot enroll in Marketplace coverage unless they experience certain life changes (e.g., loss of job-based coverage or birth of a child).