Johana called her insurance company when she got the bill. “How could this happen?” She was told she is no longer has her insurance policy, which had a monthly premium of about $55. Now, because her income is below the poverty level ($1064/month), she is no longer eligible for a subsidy to help cover the cost of insurance. She was told her $55/month policy now costs $600/month.
“I don’t know what to do. I know how important it is to take care of myself and have insurance, especially with COVID. But there’s no way I can afford that.”
Under the ACA as passed by Congress, Johana, along with more than 1.5 million fellow Floridians should have insurance through an expanded Medicaid program. But in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the ACA’s Medicaid expansion would be left up to each state. Years later, Florida and 11 other states STILL refuse federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage.