Research References

Affordable Care Act

Enrollment for Individual, Families and Business

Create a Marketplace account online, beginning Tuesday, October 1st at

When open enrollment begins October 1,  set up an account and begin to apply for health coverage, compare plans side by side and enroll in a plan. 

Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.

Questions? Call Helpline at: 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
or Learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

There will be options to enroll online, by phone, or by mail.


Links ( the official consumer site for the Insurance Marketplace, includes background information, personalized application instructions and links to further resources; beginning Oct. 1, 2013, Florida residents who wish to enroll online should use this site to complete their application.

Affordable Care Act Official Resources ( multimedia resources, printable publications (including pdf versions of the Marketplace Consumer Application), data and research, and Spanish language resources provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight.

Health Reform ( interactive tools including videos, analysis, state comparisons, and insurance subsidy calculators from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

About the Law ( allows users to read more about the law itself, including the actual text, plain language benefits information, and highlights of key features.

Florida’s Health Insurance Marketplace ( this is not one of the health exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act and does not meet the same federal guidelines, though it does use similar terminology. This exchange was originally created by Florida Legislators as an aid to small businesses, but is currently expanding to offer individual options as well.

Health Insurance Reform and You ( online guide from the State of Florida Division of Consumer Services; resources for consumers and small businesses.


Trained healthcare 'navigators'  will be available to help the public understand their health coverage options and to enroll.

In Florida, the navigators will have trained and registered through the Division of Insurance Agent and Agency Services:

These eight entities were awarded Navigator grants in Florida:
• University of South Florida, College of Public Health
• Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
• Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC
• Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
• Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners
• National Hispanic Council on Aging
• Cardon Healthcare Network, LLC DBA Cardon Outreach
• Mental Health America