According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, one in five Floridians had no health insurance coverage in 2013, unchanged from 2012. Florida, with an estimated 3.9 million uninsured, ranks third in the nation based on the percentage of residents without health care coverage, only behind Texas with 22.1 percent and Nevada with 20.7 percent. The study also analyzed the 25 most populous metropolitan areas, showing Miami having the highest percentage of any metro area in the country with 25 percent of the population uninsured. Tampa was seventh highest, with 16 percent of its population being uninsured. Nationally, 45.2 million, or 14.5 percent of Americans lacked health care coverage, down from 14.8 percent in 2012. The latest Health and Human Services data indicates that 983,775 Floridians signed up for coverage on the Healthcare Marketplace; there is no data on insurance coverage status of those signing up for coverage.
Health care coverage is a critical issue in Florida. A Healthy Florida Works is a growing coalition of business owners, chambers of commerce and community leaders who believe extending health care coverage to approximately one million Floridians is the right thing to do for our patients, our communities and our state. Join the coalition online, or contact Sarah McBrearty, vice president of communications, at (850) 222-9800 for more information.