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Deadline Nears to Fix Inconsistent ACA Applications


Thousands of Floridians have been told they could lose Affordable Care Act coverage because of inconsistencies in their paperwork. In August, the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace started contacting enrollees who had inconsistencies on their applications relating to citizenship or immigration status. Anne Packham is the Marketplace Exchange Project Coordinator in Central Florida. She says across the state more than 90,000 people have been told the information they submitted on their applications, such as the Social Security or Permanent Resident Card number, doesn’t match the information the government already has on file. Packham says that’s about 10% of Floridians who signed up overall. “A lot of people who did it online or who didn’t get around to doing that are now getting notices from the government …
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Fishkind Commentary | Checking the Math on Healthcare Costs


Recent analysis from the state shows healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act could rise in Florida, but White House analysis of the same data shows out-of-pocket costs could drop.  90.7 Economic Analyst Hank Fishkind sorts through the numbers with 90.7’s Amy Kiley.  He starts with the larger question, not of healthcare premiums, but of healthcare costs.  You can hear his commentaries on the Central Florida economy every Tuesday morning at 7:33.
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Access to Healthcare a Challenge for Central Florida’s Homeless


WMFE, Orlando-According to the latest state report, the majority of Florida’s homeless are low-income, childless, non-veterans under age 60. It’s a likely formula for being medically uninsured. As part of our series on Homelessness in Central Florida, we look at how access to insurance and health care continues to be a struggle for those living on the streets. Vincent Williams and dozens of men line up outside an emergency homeless shelter in downtown Orlando. This has been his routine for almost three years. The Florida sun beats down on him, revealing a tinge of yellow in his eyes. “I have sickle cell anemia and I have deterioration of bones,” said Williams, 52. This genetic condition causes fatigue and unbearable episodes …
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