WEAR - Search Results
Enrollment shows Hispanics not signing up for healthcare
Enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace is steadily climbing with more than 1 million nationwide and nearly 18,000 in Florida.
But some evidence shows one group of people aren't signing up for the healthcare program as quickly as others in the state.
In Florida enrollment numbers are down for Hispanics. One reason is that this Spanish website wasn't up and running until December 6, more than 2 months after its English counterpoint.
The 'window shopping feature' that allows consumers to see health plans before starting the sign-up process is still incomplete on the spanish language site. In Northwest Florida that has left many spanish speaking people seeking assistance at health clinics and other navigator sites. Federal health officials have not said how many of Florida's nearly 18,000 enrollees from October and November were Hispanic, but enrollment counselors say signups from the community appear to be low. Roughly 1.3 million Hispanic Floridians lacks health insurance. They account for about one-third of Florida's roughly 3.5 million total uninsured population.
A few other reasons why the enrollment numbers are down are trust and cost. Hispanics living in households with undocumented relatives fear that signing up for a government run program will lead to deportations.