A New Day for Florida: On the Road in Jacksonville

Posted January 24, 2014

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Florida today as Mayor Alvin Brown's special assistant and State Representative Mia Jones kicked off the City of Jacksonville’s series of enrollment events to help Floridians learn about their options and get covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

While in the Sunshine State, she announced that 3 million people have enrolled in a private health insurance plan through the Marketplace.

The Secretary and Representative Jones were joined by Susan Perry, a navigator who helps other Floridians learn about the quality, affordable insurance options available to them through the Marketplace.

Susan knows what it’s like to go without insurance. For years, she couldn’t afford to buy it. In November, she enrolled in a Marketplace plan that costs her $46 a month with the financial assistance she received. She says she's saving about $500.  Susan said she loves her job and welcomed the Jacksonville community to schedule an appointment with a Navigator to find out if they qualify for affordable coverage in the Marketplace.  She’s proud to be working hard to help other people get the security and peace of mind she now has by enrolling in coverage.

The Secretary also met Chris Markl, 33, who left his job as a community college professor to start a consulting firm.  Before the Marketplace, Chris could only afford sub-par health coverage that still had a high premium and a high deductible. But last month, he signed up for a quality, affordable Marketplace plan he says will cost him just $120 a month with the tax credit he qualified for.  Chris said the security of having health insurance helped him fulfil the dream of launching his own businesses and he anticipates many other entrepreneurs will benefit from the law as well.  

He joins millions of Americans nationwide who now have health insurance that will be there when they need it, at a price they can afford.

With approximately 3 million people and counting signed up for coverage, it's a new day.