What to Know About the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment


January 15th is the last day of Open Enrollment. For those needing coverage, now is the time to give us a call! Our healthcare navigators are a group of nationally recognized health professionals that assist Floridians in gaining healthcare coverage in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Our navigators are trained and certified to help consumers as they shop for their health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. We can assist consumers through telephone, in-person, or virtual appointments. The services are offered free of charge to all Floridians. SRAHEC navigator services are FREE to consumers and provided to all of our 15-county service area.

Special Enrollment Period goes from January 16, 2022 - October 31, 2022. The Special Enrollment Period is available to those who have experienced one of the following qualifying life events in the past 60 days:

  • Lost coverage through a job for any reason including retirement, being laid off, being fired, death of a spouse, death of a parent, or loss of COBRA.
  • Lost Medicaid, Florida Kidcare, Medicaid Share of Cost, or premium-free Medicare.
  • Moved to another county, state, or from overseas.

  • Gained employment such that you now qualify for Marketplace financial assistance.
  • Turned 26 and aged off your parent’s health plan.
  • Lost a student health plan.
  • Gave birth to a child or adopted.
  • Got married or got divorced, either of which affected your health coverage.
  • Had a change in immigration status that made you newly eligible for the Marketplace.
  • Were released from incarceration.
  • Please call us today to allow our team of experts to help you with the specifics of your situation.

Suwannee River Area Health Education Centers - Serving Alachua, Bradford, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Lafayette, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Sumter, Suwannee, and Union counties.

You can contact us at 386-230-9400 or email us at for more information!

Community Health Assessments

WellFlorida Council will be conducting research for Community Health Assessments (CHA) in Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, Bradford and Union counties beginning January 2023. CHAs for Hernando and Citrus counties are currently in progress. If you live in Citrus County, please take the Citrus County survey, which will contribute towards their CHA.

Citrus County Survey


Project Echo: 2023 UF Pediatric Pulmonary

Tuesday’s from 12:15 – 1 p.m.

Registration coming soon! Upcoming topics are listed below.

Jan. 3, 2023

Topic: QI projects – how to start and keep going

Speaker: Dr. David Fedele and Tatianna Pulchini; UF Faculty Psychologist and Social Worke

Jan. 17, 2023

Topic: Sleep Studies 101

Speaker: Dr. Brad Troxler, UAB PPC


Feb. 7, 2023

Topic: Evaluation of the child with a wet cough

Speaker: Dr. Greg Redding, UW PPC


Feb. 21, 2023

Topic: Care of the child with aerodigestive disorders

Speaker: Dr. Brandi Johnson, UF PPC


NRHA Rural Health Policy Institute

Feb. 7-9, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

NRHA’s 34th Rural Health Policy Institute is your chance to guide the future of rural health policy with NRHA leadership and advocate for issues you care about with new and returning members of Congress and the administration.


NRHA Health Equity Conference

May 15-16, 2023 in San Diego, Calif.

This conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to underserved and often under-represented populations, including LGBTQIA+, veteran, and homeless rural residents as well as multiracial and multicultural members of rural communities. NRHA is accepting research posters through Feb. 9 for the association's 28th Health Equity Conference.


NRHA Annual Rural Health Conference

May 16-19, 2023 in San Diego, Calif.

Each year, more than 200 individuals present over 85 concurrent educational sessions, 20 research papers and up to 100 research and educational posters at NRHA's annual events, constituting the nation's largest, most inclusive rural health conference.


Webinar: Value-Based Care is Here - Let's Learn About It!

Jan. 18, 2023

Speaker: A. Clinton MacKinney, MD, MS

From the National Rural Health Resource Center, Dr. MacKinney's presentation will propose that value-based care advances the Triple Aim- better care, improved health, and smarter spending. He will discuss the basics of value-based care and value-based payment using a predominant example - accountable care organizations. Dr. MacKinney will emphasize the importance of robust primary care, such as provided in patient-centered health homes, to deliver value-based care. Finally, Dr. MacKinney will offer suggestions for rural health care organizations to start their journey to value-based care. 


Recently Released

Article on the Rural Health Information Hub: Remotely sensed measures of Hurricane Michael damage and adverse perinatal outcomes and access to prenatal care services in the Florida panhandle


Report and 6-Part Blog Series from NACCHO: HAI/AR Rural, Frontier and Small LHDs Exploratory Survey and In-Depth Interview Analysis and Resources


Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are among the leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States. HAIs are an infection that develops during, or soon after, receiving a healthcare service or from being in a healthcare setting (e.g., hospital, clinic, doctor’s office, surgery center, nursing home, or home-care visits by a health professional)1. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) occurs when bacteria or fungi develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them.


HAIs and AMR are a threat to patients, and subsequently, public health safety. Rural, Frontier, and Small LHDs face distinct barriers and can provide leadership in surveillance, outbreak investigations, and prevention by collaborating with healthcare and community partners.



WellFlorida Council is hiring! WellFlorida is the state designated local health council for 16 counties in North Central Florida and the organizational partner of Rural Health Partnership of North Central Florida. WellFlorida manages local, state and federally funded programs, special projects and nonprofits throughout the region that support our mission and the causes we believe in—maternal and infant health, HIV/AIDS care, children’s safety and improving access to healthcare, especially in rural communities. We currently the following opportunities at WellFlorida:

Chief Financial Officer

Senior Planner

Associate Planner

Connect Representative

NewboRN Home Visiting Program Weekend Family Partner

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