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Florida’s No. 1 for Obamacare sign-ups

March 23, 2015 in Hot Business Tips, In the news by admin

Florida’s No. 1 for Obamacare sign-ups

During sign-up for 2015 health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the number of Floridians who bought insurance more than doubled, Pamela Roshell, Region IV director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said Friday.

A total of 1.6 million people in Florida have now purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Of those, 55 percent are new this year.

Sign-up also increased among adults 18 to 34, Roshell said. A total of 525,000 Floridians in that age group purchased health insurance, increasing the percentage of young adults obtaining such coverage from 31 percent in 2014 to 33 percent in 2015.

“Florida surpassed every other state in the country,” she said. “The people of Florida sent a message that they like and need the coverage.”

Several factors drove the increase, Roshell said. The number of insurances companies offering coverage under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act in Florida increased from 11 to 14, helping make insurance more affordable. Awareness that coverage was available and that navigators are available to help people sign up increased as well, she said.

State Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, who has worked as Mayor Alvin Brown’s health commissioner, said the Affordable Care Act “has made a huge difference in Jacksonville.”

This year 80,256 people in Jacksonville bought insurance on the exchanges, double the number from last year. Jones noted that 1.4 million Floridians qualified for tax credits averaging $294 per month and that 72 percent of Floridians who got coverage under Affordable Care Act paid less than $100 per month.

Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the signing by President Barack Obama of the bill authorizing the act.

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