Cheapest Florida Health Plan Costs $86 A Month

By: Associated Press; Andy Alcock Email
By: Associated Press; Andy Alcock Email

Associated Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The most expensive health insurance premiums for an individual in Florida under the new health care plan are in the Florida Keys.

Federal data released late Tuesday shows that the state's most expensive plans are in Monroe County.

The plans are offered by Florida Blue, and they have the highest level of benefits, known as platinum plans. They would cost a 27-year-old person nearly $460 a month and a 50-year-old person $782 a month.

The state's cheapest monthly premiums were for plans that cover only catastrophic emergencies. They were offered by insurer Coventry One in Broward County. For those plans, a 27-year-old would pay almost $86 a month and a 50-year-old would pay $146 monthly.

Florida residents Tuesday were allowed to start shopping for health insurance on government-run online marketplaces.

Associated Press Release

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- After months of build-up, Florida residents can start shopping for health insurance on government-run online marketplaces Tuesday as the key component of the Affordable Care Act goes live.

The federal government is facing two major hurdles: fighting the confusion and misinformation surrounding the plan referred to as "Obamacare" and making sure the new technology systems work seamlessly.

The liberal advocacy group Families USA estimates that roughly half of Florida's 3.5 million uninsured residents will be eligible for federal subsidies to help them purchase insurance. But the amount will vary widely depending on income, location, the plan, family size, age, and even tobacco use. Florida residents can choose from 102 plans, the second highest of any state.

Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- With just 48 hours until the launch of one of the key components of the new federal health law, counselors and volunteers are fanning out across the state, knocking on doors and working phone banks to spread the word about "Obamacare".

On Tuesday, residents can shop for the first time on the insurance marketplace. Floridians will also finally learn how much plans will cost them.

The administration recently told Hispanic groups that the Spanish-language version of the website will not be ready to handle online enrollments for a few weeks. That could be especially problematic in Florida, where nearly 580,000 Hispanics are eligible for health coverage through the marketplace.

Florida has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country with roughly 3.5 million lacking coverage.

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