During the federal Public Health Emergency for COVID-19, the Department of Children and Families put a hold on checking for eligibility and did not disenroll anyone from Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In April 2023, the regular monthly process of verifying those who qualify for Medicaid or CHIP benefits restarted. Those who lose their benefits will qualify for a special enrollment period (SEP) and may want to enroll in an ACA plan. Financial help may be available to help pay the monthly cost of this new plan. There are a few important things to know about this transition.
The Special Enrollment Period runs from March 31, 2023, through July 31, 2024.
You may have received a letter or email from the government telling you how to start shopping for Marketplace plans.
Once you apply for Marketplace coverage, you have 60 days to enroll in a plan.
It’s best to start shopping early, so you won’t have a gap between when your current benefits end and your new plan starts.
ACA plans may have different benefits than government plans
When you’re choosing an ACA plan, talk to an expert about what’s covered and make sure your doctors are in the plan’s network.
Support is Available
In addition to health coverage, support is available to everyone in Florida for things like food and transportation programs, financial assistance, and more. You can find out more here.
If you don’t enroll in an ACA Marketplace plan, other programs may be available, including:
Florida KidCare: Low-cost insurance for children up to age 18. Call 1-888-540-5437.
Medically Needy Program: A program that allows Medicaid coverage after a monthly "share of costs" is met. Call 1-850-300-4323.
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