Florida Free Clinics and Obamacare

Many people were optimistic about the start of Obamacare in 2014. It was believed that everyone, or at least the majority of people, would be able to get covered by some form of affordable health insurance regardless of their income, and Medicaid and Medicare would expand to better provide for the patients in need. For some, the Affordable Care Act has proven to be helpful.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, approximately one million Florida consumers signed up for Marketplace coverage in 2015. 93 percent of Florida consumers who were signed up qualified for an average tax credit of $294 per month through the Marketplace, and 72 percent of Florida Marketplace enrollees obtained coverage for $100 or less after any applicable tax credits in 2015, and 93 percent had the option of doing so.

Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act umbrella was not big enough to cover everyone. This has been proven by the average of 4-5 new patients per day at UHI CommunityCare Clinic. It is regrettable that the state of Florida refused grants to expand Medicaid, leaving many needy people uninsured. A recent study by George Washington University found that more than one million low-income, uninsured Americans depend on community health centers. The researchers noted that about 35 percent of those people live in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi—states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs.

UHI vows to continue to serve all who are in need for medical care and treatment.  There are various ways to support UHI. Physicians can volunteer at their convenience, and monetary donations are accepted. Please use this link to donate: