Many Working Parents and Families in Florida Would Benefit from Closing the Coverage Gap

The U.S. has made significant progress in decreasing rates of uninsurance for parents and adults. However, many low-income families in Florida still struggle to obtain health coverage. In 2013 (prior to the Affordable Care Act’s major coverage provisions), there were over 3.9 million people living without health insurance coverage in Florida, accounting for 8.5 percent (1 in 12) of all uninsured individuals in the United States.

Florida’s children and parents have some of the highest uninsured rates in the country. Florida’s 28% uninsured rate for parents places it 49th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia while its 11% uninsured rate for children ranks the state 47th nationwide. Experience from other states shows that an extremely effective way to reduce uninsured rates for children is to extend coverage to the whole family.

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