Sebelius touts health coverage options in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to the River City on Friday morning to tout efforts to enroll the uninsured in health care.

The deadline to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is March 31.

"Seventy percent of those not insured don't know they qualify for health insurance," said Sebelius while visiting the Bob Hayes Sports Complex Legends Center.

Sebelius said in Florida alone, 3.5 million are eligible and have not enrolled, with 200,000 of them in the Jacksonville area.

On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a team of navigators will be on hand to help people enroll at the Bob Hayes Center.

During the announcement, State Representative Mia Jones also talked about the in-person assistance available in the area. This program helps people choose and enroll in affordable coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The city is also planning two other major enrollments at locations still to be determined in February and March.

Starting next week, health care navigators will also be assisting people one day a week at four Jacksonville Public Library branches:

-Dallas James Graham Branch, 2304 N. Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32209

-San Marco Branch Library, 1513 LaSalle Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207

-Highlands Branch, 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

-Regency Square Branch, 9900 Regency Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32225


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