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Focus on Floridians Caught in Gap

With 800,000 uninsured Floridians stuck in the “coverage gap” - too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act - the focus is turning on what can be done to help. 

The Florida Legislature turned down the option of accepting $51 billion in federal funds that would have provided them health coverage last year. With only one week left in this year's session, those in the gap - 20 percent of Florida’s uninsured - will most likely be left hanging.

The Orlando Sentinel reports about one of them: Kathleen Voss Woolrich, 47. She works two or three jobs at a time, mostly in sales and as a notary, to support her two children, the Sentinel writes. She also has a chronic autoimmune disease, and she gets most of her medical care from emergency rooms.

As the Sentinel reports, Voss Woolrich's income for her family of three is about $12,000 a year, which was not enough to qualify for subsidized coverage through during open enrollment. But it's about twice as much as the income for a family of three to qualify for Florida Medicaid.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.