SOURCE: Osceola News-Gazette
There were 52,000 uninsured residents in Osceola County in 2017, according to the latest U.S. Census data. That’s about 15 percent of the total population.
People covered by employer-provided health insurance and those who get Medicaid or Medicare are not eligible to buy insurance on Healthcare.gov. It’s the online portal to get a plan and to qualify for federal government subsidies for purchasing health insurance.
The program aims to increase insurance coverage and improve overall health for Americans. It’s often called “Obamacare” because it was championed by former President Barack Obama. However, the insurance plans people can buy on Healthcare.gov are offered by private companies, not the federal government – from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Ambetter from Sunshine Health, which expanded into Osceola last year.
The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, established the online Health Insurance Marketplace, where people can purchase health insurance and apply for reduced-cost plans subsidized by the government.