SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 25, 2013) - America's uninsured and working poor looking to qualify for public health programs got an economic assist as the federal government increased the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) income qualification guidelines this winter, according to the Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE). The end result has been an increase in the number of citizens who qualify for free or low-cost government health insurance.
After the new levels were released by the U.S. Census Bureau in February, the FHCE updated one of its most popular tools, the Federal Poverty Level Chart, to aid organizations and individuals assisting the uninsured with determining their income level percentage on the federal poverty scale. Based on the latest guidelines, the income ceiling for a family of 4 at 200% of the FPL, for example, increased $1,000 annually from $46,100 to $47,100 over the last year.
The increase in FPL levels is a stepping-stone toward more people being eligible for publicly-sponsored coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is continuing to roll-out its implementation with an estimated additional 30 million Americans becoming eligible for government-based health coverage starting in 2014.
The easiest way for a person to discover their public and private health coverage options under the new FPL guidelines is to take FHCE's simple 5-step Eligibility Quiz at CoverageForAll.org. The Quiz will automatically determine the FPL percentage level for each individual and instantly generates a personalized list of coverage options.
"While these FPL percentage increases help bring people to coverage, many continue to be plagued by confusion, fear, and lack of awareness on how to enroll in many public programs, such as Medicaid," said Ankeny Minoux, President of FHCE. "To assist with educating the uninsured, we actively distribute our easy printable FPL Chart and online Eligibility Quiz to our Action Network of Collaborative Partners and community organizations across the country."