January 6, 2020

More Floridians Than Ever Enrolled In Marketplace Health Plans (Health News Florida)

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.

Daylina Miller of Health News Florida writes:

"More than 1.9 million Floridians signed up for health coverage through the federal marketplace during the enrollment period that ended Dec. 17.

That's up more than 125,000 from last year and the highest number of enrollees in Florida since the marketplace began in 2014. Florida also had more enrollees than any of the 38 other states in the federal marketplace. Texas was second with 1.1 million.

Anne Swerlick, Senior Health Policy Analyst & Attorney for the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], said the latest enrollment numbers show that the law is more popular than ever.

'The longer it's in place, the more the word is out that this is giving people good, affordable coverage,' Swerlick said. “And all of that is at risk with this lawsuit.'"


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