JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--- The deadline is approaching to sign up for healthcare coverage available through the Affordable Care Act. Saturday, a team of health care navigators helped Duval County residents enroll at the Legends Community Center.
Katrina Brown is one of those people who got help. She owns Jerome Brown BBQ. It is a successful restaurant with a newly released BBQ product on store shelves at Sam's Club. "I am able to save at least $100 dollars a month," said Brown. "And now I am relieved to know that I came here and that my insurance will be cheaper. "
Saturday, she signed up for health insurance for one reason - to save money. Brown is one of hundreds of Duval County residents with a new health care plan.
Trained representatives are giving First Coast residents the opportunity to learn about affordable health insurance plans available to them on the marketplace. Mayor Alvin Brown was at the event to push people to enroll. The Mayor said there are more than 150,000 eligible Duval County residents who haven't taken action and there are fifty health plans available.
"It's not only for their physical health and mental health, but financial health. Like, if they get in an accident or something or something tragic happens, the last thing you want them to do is to file for bankruptcy." Alvin Brown, Jacksonville Mayor
The coalition is hosting events up until the March 31st deadline.