July 13, 2019

Medicaid Expansion Would Save Florida Millions in State Dollars [Tampa Bay Times]

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, about 1.2 million fewer Florida residents were uninsured in 2017 than in 2013, the year before major provisions of the landmark federal health law went into effect.

While this represents remarkable progress, Florida’s share of residents without coverage remains one of the highest in the nation. In Hillsborough County, 17.1 percent of adults between 19 and 64 are uninsured; the rate of adults without coverage in Pinellas County is only slightly lower at 16.8 percent. This includes hard-working parents, people with disabilities and residents without children. (The latter group, it’s worth noting, are unable to qualify for Medicaid at any income level.) Many make up the state’s “coverage gap,” the hundreds of thousands of Floridians with income too high to qualify for Medicaid under the state’s extremely low threshold, yet too low to access federal marketplace subsidies.

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