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State projects costs from Affordable Care Act

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The Florida Insurance Commissioner and projections from Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation suggest health care rates in Florida are going up.

However, the people who get health benefits through large group plans may see little change in what they pay.

As key provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in, the state projections show rates for individual plans will go up 30 to 40 percent.

The federal government has not yet approved the new plans. The Obama administration says the state projections may be wrong (as they have been in other states).

Either way, it means nothing for an estimated million people in Florida who cannot afford coverage, and do not already qualify for Medicaid.

"It leaves me in the cold without insurance, without coverage," said Jerry Norman. "My primary physician called me and said you have an appointment. I said I can't come. I have no coverage."

The Affordable Care Act was designed to expand state Medicaid to those who cannot afford coverage. President Obama and Governor Scott supported the expansion, but he Florida House of Representatives would not.


LINK: State projection of health care costs:


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