Florida will play a crucial role in national efforts to sign people up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Monday during an appearance at Florida International University.
“Florida actually has a very large uninsured population and so it’s a place where many of the people we're trying to reach are. In addition, though, Florida led the nation in terms of those enrolling in the federal marketplace last year,” Burwell said during a panel discussion with local healthcare advocates and nonprofit groups at FIU’s College of Law in West Miami-Dade.
Nearly a million Floridians signed up for coverage in 2014. Enrollment for 2015 coverage began Saturday.
HHS is planning radio and TV ads in South Florida and around the country to raise awareness about enrollment, especially among Hispanics, Burwell added.
More than 100,000 people submitted an application using healthcare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov on the first day of enrollment, according to HHS. Figures were not available for Florida alone.
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