DEFENDING AND improving florida MEDICAID
Medicaid is health coverage set up to protect our most vulnerable citizens at any stage in their lives. 73 million people rely on Medicaid for their health coverage including millions of children, seniors and people with disabilities.
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health coverage to nearly 4.4 million low-income children, pregnant women, adults, seniors, and people with disabilities in Florida. Medicaid is a major source of funding for safety-net hospitals and nursing homes.
In 2017, the FL legislature cut $600 million from Medicaid. They are currently seeking more cuts and have explored "block granting" Florida Medicaid which would cause the program to:
Cover less people and cut critical services for children, the disabled, and seniors.
Have limited flexibility to respond to public health crises
Shift health care costs to local governments and hospitals
We should strengthen Medicaid through expansion, not cut funding and services. Medicaid expansion in Florida would:
Cover over 500,000 additional Floridians earning below the poverty level who are in the coverage gap
Save Florida’s budget $501,950,000, this year alone, at time when we are close to a shortfall
Ease the burden on safety net hospitals like Jackson Memorial Hospital