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Perceived high cost of insurance keeps Floridians from enrolling

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure
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FILE - Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the administrator for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, poses for a photograph in her office, Feb. 9, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Thousands of uninsured Floridians say the perceived high cost of health plans keep them from seeking coverage for themselves and their families, according to a survey from Florida Blue.

Survey results from participants between the ages of 21 and 64 show the main reason people give for not enrolling in a health plan in Florida is the perceived high cost of insurance.

70 percent of people surveyed say they, “believe they couldn’t afford health insurance.”

The study found uninsured families tend to avoid seeking medical care unless they’re sick.

And a majority of respondents said they believe health insurance costs $50 to $500 per month.

However, four out of five people can find plans for $10 or less a month on the Marketplace. Most plans cover preventative care including yearly doctor’s visits.

Open enrollment ends on January 15th this year.

Enroll in health insurance here.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar, writing fiction, and cooking.
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