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May 5, 2017

NEW: Florida’s uninsured adults rise, among US highest pre-Trumpcare [Palm Beach Post]

This post was last updated on September 10, 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.

n the Palm Beach Post's "Protect Your Pocket" blog, Charles Elmore writes:

"Florida’s number of uninsured adults is rising, new numbers show, even as Congress and the Trump administration consider legislation that could push millions more out of health coverage.

The nation’s uninsured rate remained essentially unchanged at an all-time low of 9 percent in 2016, but 13.8 percent of Floridians of all ages lacked health coverage, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s early release of estimates from the national health interview survey. Florida’s rate was third highest in the country.

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Florida’s numbers reflect its 'coverage gap,' said Joseph F. Pennisi, executive director of the Florida Policy Institute, which calls itself  a 'common-sense' nonprofit think tank promoting general prosperity based in Lake Mary.

'There are more than 500,000 Floridians in this category, because they make too much money to qualify under Florida’s extremely restrictive Medicaid income standards (for a family of four, the adults must have an annual income of less than $7,000 to be eligible) but too little to qualify for subsidies in the federal marketplace,' Pennisi said by email. 'There is a dramatic difference in uninsured rates between states that expanded Medicaid and non-expansion states. Florida could see a major reduction in its uninsured rate if it expands coverage.'

He continued, 'Florida made some gains in terms of the percentage of insured residents thanks to the ACA. However, that’s being threatened now by the American Health Care Act, which would result in millions of people across the U.S. losing coverage.'"

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