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Healthy State tells the stories you need to know to stay well, with a special focus on Florida.We'll bring you the latest fitness trends, new research on preventing and treating disease, and information about how health policy impacts your pocketbook.We report on health using all the tools at our disposal -- video, audio, photos and text -- to bring these stories to life.Healthy State is a project of WUSF Public Media in Tampa and is heard on public radio stations throughout Florida. It also is available online at wusfnews.org.

Polls: Many Unaware of Insurance Marketplace

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Lottie Watts
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WUSF

The new Marketplace is supposed to open online as a shopping site for the uninsured tomorrow, but according to two new polls, plenty of people still don't know about them.  

According to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund, almost 70 percent of uninsured people don't realize they will be able to shop on the online Marketplace for health coverage on HealthCare.gov starting Tuesday. 

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, just 15 percent of the general public could correctly identify Oct. 1 as the opening date for the Marketplace.

Last week, Health News Florida introduced one Floridian who is likely to find affordable health insurance on the Marketplace but didn’t know that would be an option for her.

Starting Jan. 1, the Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to purchase health insurance coverage or they could face a tax penalty.

--Health News Florida is part of WUSF Public Media. Contact Lottie Watts at 813-974-8705 (desk) or e-mail at lottiewatts@wusf.org. For more health news, visit HealthNewsFlorida.org.