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October 30, 2021

Florida could set record for Affordable Care Act insurance enrollment in 2022

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Christopher O'Donnell writes:

"At times, it seemed like the Affordable Care Act was on life support during Donald Trump’s four years in the White House.

The federal health insurance program was saved from being repealed by the defection of three Republican senators in a dramatic 2017 vote. That same year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shortened the signup window for consumers to six weeks, slashed the program’s marketing budget by $90 million and cut $25 million from the funding for so-called navigators, who help people pick and enroll in insurance plans.

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Florida led the nation with a record high 2.1 million residents enrolled in federal health care marketplace plans in 2021. The increase in funding will make it easier to reach and enroll people from the state’s rural areas and minority communities, said Anne Swerlick, senior policy analyst and attorney at the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], a non-partisan nonprofit based in Tallahassee.

'I anticipate that enrollment will be at least comparable to last year and likely more because of increased navigator resources to reach some of the hard-to-reach communities that have been left out in the past,' she said."

Read more at tampabay.com

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