About Health Care For Florida Now

Health Care For Florida Now is a joint project of Progress Florida and FL CHAIN (Florida Community Health Action Information Network).

Our goals are to educate Floridians about new health care coverage opportunities and to engage public support to protect, implement, and support the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A key feature of upcoming ACA coverage opportunities will be the creation of a health insurance marketplace in 2019 that will allow millions more Floridians to have access to affordable healthcare coverage. In addition, Florida has the option of accepting federal dollars (already put aside for Medicaid) to broaden coverage to over 1 million uninsured Floridians while creating 65,000 new jobs in the first six years alone.

Many of the people being impacted by these upcoming changes are working families and small businesses who have been hit hard by the recession and are ready to take control of their health care and their finances. The ACA has already saved and improved many lives since its inception in 2010. This website will help you learn how these health care changes will benefit you, your family, and your business.


Florida Organizational Support for Medicaid Expansion

We, the undersigned, urge the Florida Legislature to approve Healthcare Expansion to most Floridians with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level, as provided in the Affordable Care Act.

Being able to see a family doctor should not be prohibited because of politics. It is a basic need. It is a human right. It is a better alternative than the emergency room.

There is no valid argument against extending Medicaid.  The federal government will pay 100% of the cost of Healthcare expansion for the first three years, while the state will never be required to pay more than 10% of that cost in any year.  Expansion will cost the state an estimated $2.1 billion over the next 10 years, increasing the state’s share of the Medicaid budget by only 2%, while drawing down $20.3 billion in federal funds.

Most of those who will finally become insured are those just above the current Medicaid threshold because they are working but still cannot afford private insurance.  This included individuals earning up to $15,400 and families of three earning up to $26,300.

This means at least one million more uninsured Floridians will get coverage in the next 6 years. More insured Floridians translates to more jobs, less uncompensated care, and a healthier society.

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