Sarasota, Fla., November 15 marked the start of a new enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is helping women in the area take charge of their health with the information and tools to get covered during the three month enrollment period (November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015).
More than 48 million women have already benefited from access to fully covered women’s health services thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s preventive health benefits. One in seven ACA Marketplace enrollees is a women between the ages of 18 and 34 and millions of women now have access to birth control, routine well-woman exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and mammograms for women over 40 without copays or other out-of-pocket expenses.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida is working to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act and help individuals and families sign up for health coverage. Certified Application Counselors, who go through an 8-hour training before they begin assisting the public, will be stationed in Planned Parenthood health centers throughout the open enrollment period to help consumers understand their options and sign up for health plans that fit their needs. Consumers can make an appointment with a Certified Application Counselor online or by calling 725-222-0592.
“As the leading women’s health care provider and advocate in southwest and central Florida, we are proud to help women – and their families – without insurance figure out what to consider in choosing a health insurance plan, how to get help paying for it and how to sign up,” said Kellie Dupree, VP of Public Policy & Communications. “Thanks to Obamacare, millions more women can get the care they need, including birth control, cancer screenings and other preventive services without a copay.”
Planned Parenthood’s website PlannedParenthoodHealthInsuranceFacts.org provides an overview of what the ACA law, often referred to as Obamacare, means for women, a glossary of important terms related to the law and health insurance, a calculator that helps visitors get a sense of what kind of financial help they can get, and specifics on what to consider as a woman choosing a health insurance plan.
“For almost 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been providing expert women’s health care and that’s not changing,” said Dupree. “Whether you have health insurance or not, you can still come to Planned Parenthood for birth control, cancer screenings and the other care you need, when you need it.”
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Inc., an affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. began operations in 1966 and presently provides vital reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education to women, men and teens in Sarasota, Manatee, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, Lakeland and Winter Haven. The mission of Planned Parenthood is to ensure the right of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing direct services, education and advocacy. Go to myplannedparenthood.org for more information or call (941) 365.3913.