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Report: Health care coverage jumps for Florida children

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A new report released Thursday by Florida CHAIN contends the Affordable Care Act has helped increase the ranks of Florida children with health care coverage by 36 percent since 2013. The report, by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, declares the percentage of children nationally who have health insurance is now at 95.2 percent, an all-time high. The situation is not quite as strong in Florida, but the Sunshine State’s jump of 36 percent over pre-ACA days is among the…

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Millennials make trek to Tally to press for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare

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A group of uninsured Millennials on Tuesday presented 13,000 signatures to a top official in the Florida House of Representatives. The group did not meet with Speaker Steve Crisafulli, who, according to his chief of staff, Kathy Mears, was in a meeting. The small group presented the House with a scroll of 13,000 signatures asking the Legislature to close the “coverage gap” that has resulted because of Florida’s choice not to pass Medicaid expansion as allowable under federal law. An analysis…

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Florida advocates warn of dire consequences if Supreme Court rules against ACA

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Next Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell, with the fate of millions of Americans access to health care through the Affordable Care Act at stake. At issue is whether the law’s language allows the government to help middle-income people buy insurance everywhere in the country — or only in states that have set up their own insurance marketplaces. If the court rules for the plaintiffs, nearly a million residents in Florida could become uninsured in 2016.…

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