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Florida’s Largest Obamacare Enrollment Program Cut By Nearly $1M

A Florida organization that helps people sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace will have its funding cut by nearly $1 million. The cut to Florida Covering Kids and Families means the organization will have fewer counselors helping people sign up. The navigators work year-round to educate people about their insurance options, help them find providers and file tax exemptions. Next year the organization will get $4.9 million from the federal government. Similar organizations around the state and country had their funding cut by as much as 90 percent. Nationwide, programs that assist with marketplace enrollment were cut by 41 percent, advertising on Obamacare was cut 90 percent, and the time given to consumers to sign up …
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More than 13,000 people nationwide are projected to live in a county without a single health insurance company selling Obamacare individual plans next year, while 40 percent of people will live in a place with just one insurer.

Intersection: Health Insurance Rate Uncertainty

The price people pay for health insurance in Florida next year could increase dramatically, but state officials have pushed the decision back on finalizing rates. And there’s uncertainty about future of subsidies paid by the Federal Government to insurance companies. We dig into what the uncertainty over health insurance means for Floridians with Joel Ario, who helped set up the exchanges, and 90.7’s health reporter Abe Aboraya. 
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