Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare Launches Marketplace Navigator Program to Assist Uninsured Individuals Find Affordable Healthcare Coverage

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This article appeared in the Fernandina Observer on November 19, 2021. See the article here.

Yulee, Fla: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare today announced the launch of its Marketplace Navigator Program. This program is a free service to assist uninsured individuals obtain affordable and comprehensive healthcare coverage on the ACA Marketplace.

“We are thrilled to provide this service to the residents of Nassau County and Northeast Florida,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point. “Living without insurance is a barrier to care that is solvable. However, searching for the right coverage can be scary and overwhelming. Our Marketplace Navigator is here to simplify that process and to help consumers find the most affordable policy that meets their needs.”

– Laureen Pagel, CEO, Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare

Some of the key features/benefits of the Marketplace Navigator Program include:

  • Providing consumers with fair, accurate, and impartial information that assists them with submitting a Marketplace eligibility application.
  • Clarifying the distinctions among health coverage options, including Qualified Health Plans (QHPs).
  • Helping consumers make informed decisions during the health coverage selection process.
  • Helping consumers select a QHP.

If you or someone you know is living without healthcare coverage in the state of Florida, you can book an appointment with a Marketplace Navigator in your area by visiting To contact Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare’s Marketplace Navigator, Christina Guardiola, directly, please email her at or reach her by phone at (904) 832-2372. Appointments are available in person, by phone, or via Zoom.

The Open Enrollment period began on November 1, 2021, and runs through January 14, 2022. Consumers that sign up for coverage by December 15 will be insured by January 1, 2022.


The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number NAVCA210430-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.”

About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare

Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 29 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit


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