Florida Ranks Top Five For Highest Uninsured Rate

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With Hurricane season here and Florida being a victim to Irma a lot of talks has been centered around homeowners insurance. However, there’s another type of insurance receiving a lot of attention too, health insurance.

Health insurance is a necessity for the well-being of family members. From accidents to colds and the flu, health insurance helps keep wallets full instead of empty.

According to the National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the uninsured rate for all Americans dropped to a historic low of 8.6 percent in the first three months of 2016, likely due to the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare.”

Unfortunately, the uninsured rate is back on the rise in 2017 and varies from each state. Personal finance website, WalletHub, recently conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s uninsured rates by state, which found Florida to have the fifth highest uninsured rate in the U.S.

The study measured the post-Obamacare uninsured rate in each of the 50 states breaking down the national figures in categories such as race and income level.

Florida ranked 46th with one being the best or lowest uninsured rate. The state ranked 42nd in children uninsured, 45th in adults uninsured, and 44th in whites uninsured.

Since 2009 Florida has remained a state with one of the highest uninsured rates. When WalletHub broke down the uninsured rates in cities, Florida had no cities with low uninsured rates.

These findings could change once the fate of the Affordable Care Act is determined.

 

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.