Urge the Florida Legislature to Debate Health Access.

Only four states in the nation make it harder for working parents to get Medicaid. If a family of three lives in Florida and has annual income above $6,936, the parents are ineligible for Medicaid.

Expansion of Medicaid in Florida is needed to secure that right for many lower income and/or disabled Floridians.

Urge the Chair of the House Finance and Facilities Subcommittee to support HB 27, HJR 239 and HB 675 and add these bills to the agenda of the next Subcommittee meeting.

HB 27 Eligibility for Medical Assistance and Related Services (Filed by Rep. Thompson): Expands Medicaid eligibility to 138% of the federal poverty level.

HJR 239 State Medicaid Plan (Filed by Rep. Robinson): Proposes amendment to State Constitution to require the expansion of Medicaid to cover Floridians earning below 138% FPL.

HB 675 Medicaid Buy-in Program (Filed by Reps. Woodson and Smith): Requires AHCA to establish & implement Medicaid buy-in program for individuals with disabilities who are between 16 and 64 years of age and whose incomes exceed the maximum income eligibility level for enrollment in the Medicaid program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the coverage gap?

Adults who fall into the coverage gap have incomes above their state’s eligibility for Medicaid but below poverty, the minimum income eligibility for tax credits through the ACA marketplace.

In Florida, Medicaid eligibility for adults is quite limited. Adults must 1. Have a dependent child and 2. Make less than a third of the poverty level (approx. $7,000 in a family of 3). Single adults do not qualify no matter how little they earn.

How much will it cost to close the coverage gap?

In the Senate, the proposed FY2022 Budget Resolution framework totals about $3.5 trillion in investments, including expanding access to care. The $3.5 trillion in investments is offset by three main buckets:

  • Health Care Savings
  • Reforming the Tax Code
  • Long Term Economic Growth

The state budget will also experience savings in emergency room expenditures and costs associated with the use of other safety net programs. If the state chose to close the coverage gap (which it still can), Florida would see a net gain of $1.8 billion over a two-year period.

What can I do to help?

  • Share Health Care Stories
    • Visit us online (www.healthcareforfl.org/share) or email FLVoices@healthyfla.org
  • Recruit Friends and Family to Sign the Petition
    • Text MEDEX4FL to 52886 or www.healthcareforfl.org
  • Contact Your Legislators
    • Contact your state legislators at www.healthcareforfl.org/takeaction
  • Join the Coalition
    • Officially join the coalition at www.healthcareforfl.org/join
    • Regular calls and emails with the campaign organizers
    • Coordinated theme weeks and days of action
    • Participate in trainings

Who benefits from closing the coverage gap?

Closing the coverage gap benefits working Floridians. It benefits workers losing their employed sponsored coverage and working adults who are not offered coverage through their jobs or cannot afford it.

Most of the adults who would be eligible are already working full-time for the full year but are working in low-wage jobs in industries with low employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) offer rates. If Congress closes the coverage gap, approximately 789,800 uninsured workers would gain health insurance.