Some were surprised that Obamacare -- the Affordable Care Act -- was still around.
"I cannot even tell you how many people walked up to me and said, 'Oh, Obamacare? I thought that was gone. Is it still there?'" said Packham, the marketplace project director for the Primary Care Access Network in
The answer is yes, the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is still in place.
The company has partnered with AdventHealth giving plan members access to about 3,000 providers, the company said in a news release.
Oscar contracts with AdventHealth and HCA hospitals, meaning that those hospitals will be in-network for the members.
Florida Blue remains the largest ACA provider in the state, offering plans in all counties.
If you're happy with your current plan, it's still important to look at your options to make sure nothing has changed, Packham said.
"We really encourage people to actively re-enroll, which means going back to their application, just clicking through all the buttons, even if they haven't changed their income or family size, seeing what their tax credit is and then making a decision based on what plans are available and what doctors are in net work for them," she said.
If you have questions, you can make an appointment with a navigator by visiting coveringcfl.net or calling 877-564-5031. Navigators provide assistance for free and don't advocate for any insurance company.
Packham encouraged consumers to call early; there are fewer navigators available this year because of the Trump administration's cuts to the budget.
Before the cuts last year, Packham at one point had about 13 navigators. This year, she's working with five.
Statewide, the number of navigators has dropped from a high of more than 150 year-round to about 50, only half of whom will be available for special enrollment assistance during the year, said
Despite the cuts,
"One of the things that tells me is that I have [navigators] who do a great job, but also there's a demand for what we're providing," Ray said. "People want to be able to have access to health care."
The administration is asking a federal appeals court in
Even as it pursues Obamacare's demise in the courts, the Trump administration says it has played a role in stabilizing the program.
Although the program is stable, enrollment has been slowly eroding since Trump took office, from 12.2 million in 2017 to 11.4 million this year. The slippage has come mainly in the states where the federal government runs sign-up season. Slashing the ad budget was one of the Trump administration's early actions.
The appeals court in
"Our messaging would be to keep calm and carry on," he said, noting that the case is expected to go to the
Marketplace insurers by county:
If you need help:
-- healthcare.gov or 800-318-2596
-- A licensed insurance broker.
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