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  • Even as we recover from the pandemic, health care remains unaffordable for low-income, hardworking Floridians

  • Nearly 800,000 uninsured Floridians are in the coverage gap meaning they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little for tax credits in the marketplace.

  • This year, Florida has a $6 BILLION budget surplus.

  • Even after you factor in the cost of the state’s 10% share, Medicaid expansion would save the state $200 MILLION a year and the American Rescue Plan would send an additional $3 BILLION to Florida. (Florida Policy Institute)

When Fighting Terminal Lung Cancer is Only Half the Battle

By: Sue E., Citrus County

I was a surgical nurse until I had to leave my job. That is when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. The premium for the COBRA insurance through my job was $1,200 a month. My current income is my social security disability payment which is barely enough to cover my rent and electricity bill; never mind my car payment or car insurance.

 

The Cancer Center where I get my treatment has a financial lady that has helped me figure out my insurance situation. She was able to find out that I have what’s called Medically Needy. I have a high deductible that I have to pay before Medicaid kicks in to help. 

 

Florida has got to change. I paid into the system my whole life. The minute I can, if I’m able, I’m going to work, because I can’t survive like this. Some days I think that I may have to just go back to work as I’m recovering. I’ve got to get through this somehow because this kid’s gotta have me.

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