01 Mar With High Rate of Uninsured, Florida Prepares for Health Care Reform
The numbers are deplorable. One of every 13 uninsured kids in the United States lives in Florida.
About 500,000 children in Florida have no access to health care services, even if they are eligible for state-funded health care coverage due to their parents’ low income.
Nearly half of those 500,000 children live in one of six counties — Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach, Orange and Duval.
The disparities in health care access and coverage for low-income and working families, and particularly for children, are striking in Florida, which at 13.8 percent has the fourth-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation. Nevada, Texas and South Carolina have higher rates.
The Affordable Care Act could change these disparities, or at least close the gap by providing universal health care coverage to families. Supporters of health care reform say this will prevent higher health care costs in the long run.
This was the discussion with five health care experts who participated Tuesday in a panel discussion about health care reform in Florida at the United Way in Miami.
During the talk, Laura Goodhue, executive director of Florida Community Health Action Information Network, or CHAIN, said health care reform highlights access to care, including the many uninsured children in Florida who are eligible for these programs.