Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in Florida for Affordable Care Act promotion
In Orlando today for first of three visits
By KELLI KENNEDY Associated Press
2:27 PM, Sep 13, 2013
MIAMI (AP) -- The liberal advocacy group Families USA estimates 1.7 million Floridians will be eligible for federal subsidies to help purchase health insurance under the new state exchange.
When the online exchange launches Oct. 1, individuals and families can shop for insurance and enroll in plans under the Affordable Care Act.
The group says individuals making less than roughly $46,000 a year and a four-person family with incomes below $94,000 will qualify for subsidies.
Anyone making below the poverty line won't be eligible for subsidies through the state exchange and will fall into a gap where they can't get health insurance because the state rejected Medicaid expansion.
Friday's report comes as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius makes her first of three stops in Florida amid resistance to implementing the law.