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Health care navigators hope to educate locals on enrollment deadline

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Updated: 1/23 6:30 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A grant awarded to the University of South Florida last year is allowing nine people in Northeast Florida to help locals navigate through the health care marketplace.

The only problem, these navigators say -- many people are not aware you can still go online and enrollon that marketplace.

Joyce Case is in charge of those nine navigators working in Northeast Florida.

"We assist people in getting the application, filling out the application and enrolling in the health insurance marketplace," said Case.

She says she has been dealing with some confusion.

That's because she says some people thought they had to enroll before the first of the year.

But Case says you actually have until March 31.

“We’ve had a number of people who thought they missed the boat, and so they are very happy and surprised, because they can get health insurance for a lower cost or actually get enrolled and have insurance for the first time," said Case.

To help the navigators get the message out, they partnered with Tony Penna with Enroll America.

He says there are still 150,000 people in the city of Jacksonville who still are not insured.

But he says they hope that number will decrease as the word about the March 31deadline gets out.

"We have over 250 volunteers in Jacksonville phone-banking and canvassing and going to events and asking people if they have insurance," said Penna.

Penna says they hope to decrease the number of people uninsured this weekend.

They are holding an event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday.

All the navigators for North Florida will be there.

It will be held at the Legends Community Center.
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