Despite Big Market In Florida, Obamacare Is A Hard Sell

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Enroll America outreach workers talk to congregants at the Mt. Calvary Church in Jacksonville, Fla.


Eric Whitney

Enroll America outreach workers talk to congregants at the Mt. Calvary Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

Enroll America outreach workers talk to congregants at the Mt. Calvary Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

Eric Whitney

Getting people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act remains an uphill battle in much of Florida.

Politicians in the state erected roadblocks to the law from the beginning — from joining in the 2010 lawsuit to thwart the law to placing restrictions on what insurance helpers called navigators can tell people seeking advice.

Even so, advocates have been trying to get the word out to an estimated 1.6 million Floridians who qualify for new subsidies to make coverage more affordable. Florida has the second-highest rate of uninsured residents in the U.S., yet it seems many who could benefit the most aren’t interested in listening.

The message will be hardest to get across, many say, in the Florida Panhandle, where sandy white beaches on the Gulf Coast back up to vast pine forests. Towns are small and scattered. The area is closer both politically and geographically to

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/12/11/248156142/hard-sell-for-obamacare-in-florida-despite-big-market?ft=1&f=131849999

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