FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — Starting next month, health insurance premiums for thousands of children will increase, according to the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Daniella Mayor Levine Cava: 'Countywide Curfew Could Be Lifted By April 5th'
The organization offers full-price and subsidized insurance options, depending on eligibility. They say the increases will affect the families of the nearly 36,000 children in the full-pay program. That’s 19 percent of the organization’s 185,000 enrollees.
Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Matthews said rates have increased significantly since the Affordable Care Act, and many insurance companies canceled coverage.READ MORE: CBS4 Photojournalist Rafael Murciano Is Quite 'The Entertainer' With His Musical Talents
The organization created two new full-pay options, and the federal government has said it will allow a special enrollment period for families switching plans.
Premiums in the new plans will jump from $140 a month to either $205 or $284.
About 80 percent of Florida Healthy Kids’ children are covered in the popular government-run CHIP program, and their premiums will remain the same.MORE NEWS: Dolphin Legend & Humanitarian Nat Moore Honored With Mural In Overtown
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