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.
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.'"