Florida health insurance shoppers can now look to Walmart

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The retail giant has signed deals to make it possible to sell medical coverage to Floridians.

Florida consumers looking for health insurance now have a new option available to them as Walmart has signed a deal with an insurer and hospital operator in the state, just as the Affordable Care Act open enrollment window begins for 2024 coverage.

The deals will provide Floridians with another option as they consider their plans for next year.

Walmart Health has now signed two separate health insurance deals in the state. The first was with Sunshine Health’s Ambetter. That insurer offers Floridians coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. This means that Walmart Health centers will be top Value Plan providers from Ambetter. That agreement extends to Seminole, Orange, Duval, Clay, Pasco, Osceola and Hillsborough counties.

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The agreement broadens existing relationships that Walmart has between the companies and provides access to over 20 Walmart Health centers in the state. The deal has been in the works since earlier this year, with the intention to broaden awareness of the changes being made to Medicaid this year, and to build greater marketplace access within the centers.

The health insurance deal has arrived on the heels of the start of the 2024 open enrollment period.

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period will close on January 15, 2024.

The second deal is with Orlando Health. That nonprofit community and specialty hospital network will become available to Walmart plan holders in the Orlando area. Through this deal, the companies are seeking to boost communication between Orlando healthcare locations and Walmart. In this way, patients will be able to more easily transition from one provider to another.

“By collaborating with Walmart Health and focusing on care coordination in the shared patient populations, we’ll be better positioned to more quickly identify patient needs and improve outcomes together in the Orlando area,” said Orlando Health Medical Group President and Orlando Health Senior Vice President Cary D’Ortona.

Walmart has been steadily broadening its health insurance reach in Florida, already having 23 Walmart Health centers in the state, each of which is found next to Supercenters locations.

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