Health Care

Feds target Miami for Obamacare outreach

Miami residents have made big gains in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but federal healthcare officials still see room for improvement.

On Tuesday, in a speech previewing the open enrollment period for the ACA’s insurance exchange, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell named Miami as one of the top five areas targeted for outreach to help eligible Americans sign up for coverage between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31.

Dallas, Houston, Northern New Jersey and Chicago also were named as “target cities” that are home to high numbers of the estimated 10.5 million uninsured Americans who are eligible for subsidized coverage under the ACA.

Almost half of those who qualify for subsidies to make their coverage more affordable are between18 and 34, Burwell said. About one-third are also minorities: approximately 19 percent are Hispanic, 14 percent are African-American, and 2 percent are Asian American.

Burwell noted that nationwide about 40 percent of the uninsured who qualify for subsidized coverage under the ACA earn between 139 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $27,925 to $50,000 for a household of three people.

In Miami-Dade, an estimated 22 percent of residents, or about 580,000 people were uninsured in 2014, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.