Caring for the people, Florida’s way

Roughly 1 million uninsured Floridians who repeatedly heard affordable health insurance was just around the corner for them, thanks to President Barack Obama’s new law are finding a harsh reality.
Thanks to the Florida government they’re too poor to qualify.
Florida lawmakers chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, meaning those earning below the poverty line, aren’t eligible for tax credits through
the online marketplace.
Counselors estimate only 30 percent of applicants at their Miami office end up signing up for a health plan because they can’t afford it.
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/2014/02/23/florida-medical-expansion-gap/5759031/
The Florida House voted last year not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act because of fears that it could eventually cost the state hundreds of millions annually, meaning those earning below the poverty line, $11,490 for an individual or $23,550 for a family of four, aren’t eligible for tax credits through the online marketplace.
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/feb/23/poor-floridians-fall-into-medical-expansion-gap/
Christina Coello, a 27-year-old full-time law student with a pre-existing medical condition, hasn’t had insurance for seven years.
She learned she was about $2,500 shy of qualifying for a tax credit, making the premiums impossible to afford on her part-time paralegal salary.
Yet, her meager salary is still a bit too much to qualify for Medicaid.
“It’s very frustrating because (the Florida House) doesn’t want to cover people who are supposedly lazy.
It’s not only lazy people who need insurance.
A lot of students fall into that category,” said Coello, who has a 7-year-old son.

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