BREVARD COUNTY, Florida -- A taxpayer-funded “navigator” to help with enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is available at five locations in Brevard County, Florida.
According to a Brevard County government press release, "..residents are encouraged to visit www.healthcare.gov to enroll and select insurance..."
However, Consumer Reports warned its readers this week to "...Stay away from Healthcare.gov for at least another month if you can. Hopefully that will be long enough for its software vendors to clean up the mess they’ve made.."
For Brevard County residents who need in-person assistance to enroll in Obamacare, the navigator has set the following schedule:
· Tuesdays, 1-7 p.m. at Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa.
· Wednesdays, 1-7 p.m. at Melbourne Library, 540 Fee Ave., Melbourne, Florida.
· Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Titusville Library, 2121 S. Hopkins Ave., Titusville, Florida
· Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Franklin T. DeGroodt Library, 6475 Minton Road S.W., Palm Bay, FL.
Appointments are recommended, and residents may be connected with the navigator by dialing 2-1-1. (Press 4 in the automated answering menu.)
Under penalty of fines levied by the Internal Revenue Service, residents have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that will begin Jan. 1, with the enrollment period closing on March 31. Residents also may enroll by phone at 1-800-318-2596.