Boca Raton, FL – August 15 is the last day for individuals to apply for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act 2021. The federal government has made this special registration period available because of the pandemic.

Now many uninsured people are eligible for ACA health insurance with no monthly premium. $ 0. For 4 out of 5 ACA customers, a plan is $ 10 / month or less. Why the change?

The federal government’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides funding to increase eligibility for financial assistance to make health insurance more affordable through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

There are currently more than 1 million uninsured residents in the South Florida region. Here is the breakdown by district:

o Broward – 262,517 17.7%

o Indian River – 17,811 16.7%

o Martin – 16,131 15.3%

o Miami-Dade – 467,510 16.9%

o Monroe – 13,248 20.9%

okeechobee – 6,111 23.5%

o Palm Beach – 184,699 14.5%

or st. Lucie – 41,454 18.4%

Many of the uninsured residents of South Florida are eligible for health insurance at no monthly cost. That said, if they were hospitalized with COVID at this point and they had a Florida Blue plan with a $ 0 monthly premium, their treatment would be 100 percent covered instead of the possible average of $ 73,300 owe the average cost of hospitalization for COVID treatment for uninsured patients.

Anyone who has received Unemployment Benefit at any point in 2021 is entitled to a $ 0 monthly plan for the remainder of the year.

ARP also provided financial assistance to a lot more people (300,000 Floridians) while lowering monthly costs for those who already have ACA plans backdated to January 2021.

• There is no longer an income ceiling for who is eligible for financial support for individually acquired (non-employer-based) plans. Now, the amount everyone pays for an individual plan cannot exceed 8.5 percent of their income.

• Individuals / families with incomes near 400% of the poverty line (approximately $ 100,000 for a family of four) may experience some of the biggest changes. You may have only qualified for a small grant previously. Now your monthly insurance benefit could be cut in half.

• A family of four earning up to $ 202,000 per year may be eligible for financial assistance with the monthly payment.

Individual health insurance is cheaper than expected and more important than ever. You should go back to www.healthcare.gov and see what you qualify for.

Take action:

• Visit www.healthcare.gov

• Contact an agent

• Call Florida Blue at 800-352-2583. on

• Visit a Florida Blue Center

Experts available for interviews:

Florida Blue, the state’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, is the largest ACA (Obamacare) plan provider in the state with approximately 1.2 million registered members. We have experts on hand to explain these changes, what they mean for Floridians, and where to get help. For information on these changes, please visit this Florida Blue education website: www.getcoveredflorida.com