October 28, 2020

Obamacare lawsuit threatens health care coverage for 2 million Floridians, and maybe millions more [Orlando Sentinel]

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.

Gray Rohrer writes:

"No matter who wins the presidential election, health care coverage for nearly 2 million Floridians will be in jeopardy if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act.

That’s how many state residents bought health plans through the federal exchanges, most of whom receive federal subsidies they’d in danger of losing if the ACA were eliminated. The increased cost could price them out of the coverage.

'If the law is overturned, all that help will go away, [and] most likely people will no longer be able to afford their coverage,' said Anne Swerlick, senior policy analyst and attorney with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], a progressive think tank based in Orlando.

And other provisions protecting those with pre-existing conditions and young adults who now can stay on their parents' policies would disappear, affecting potentially millions more."


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