• Florida Health Justice STORIES

    Profound injustices plague Florida's health coverage systems: failure to expand Medicaid, lack of long-term care resources, barriers to care for children, immigrants and the elderly, and the risk of cutbacks to the state’s vital but underfunded Medicaid program. We share the STORIES of Floridians impacted by these issues because health justice is not only about health law & policy, it's about people.

  • Adriana | Orange County, FL

    Medicaid Expansion

     

    Adriana | Orange County, FL

    As her income fluctuates, so does her eligibility for Medicaid. Adriana had an abnormal mammogram, but without health coverage, she cannot afford follow-up care.

    Jeffery | Miami, FL

    COVID-19

     

    Jeffery | Miami, FL

    Jeffery Burney is combating fear with science in his quest to get his community vaccinated for COVID-19.

    Ana Santos | Florida

    Long-Term Care

     

    Ana S. | Florida

    Angela is a full-time office manager and caregiver for her 84-year-old mother Ana, who suffered a massive stroke four years ago. For Angela, being with her mother is an act of love, but she needs help.

    Genetta | Miami Gardens, FL

    Medicaid Expansion

     

    Genetta | Miami Gardens, FL

    Genetta suffers from severe arthritis. Yet with no insurance, her painful condition is untreated.

    B. O. | Florida

    Long-Term Care

     

    B.O. | Florida

    B.O. is the principal caregiver for her 88 year old mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. She’s also a caring mentor to the children she teaches to read. Deciding to stay employed or be a full-time caregiver is a decision no one should have to make.

    Nelson | Miami, FL

    Medicaid Expansion

     

    Nelson | Miami, FL

    Nelson, who cannot afford the medications needed to manage his lifelong severe mental illness, is at risk of returning to prison.

  • The STORIES

    Darren | Miami, FL

    Medicaid Expansion

     

    Darren | Miami, FL

    Darren has worked in unskilled labor positions for most of his life but because of his physical problems, he can no longer return to those jobs.

     

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    Antonia | Miami, FL

    Elder Health

     

    Antonia | Miami, FL

    When Antonia goes to the dentist for the maintenance care that she needs, she is turned away. It is always the same response: “Your insurance does not cover dental care.”

     

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    Diwantie | Jacksonville, FL

    Long-Term Care

     

    Diwantie | Jacksonville, FL

    When her 87-year-old mother, Mankuar, fractured her back, it fell upon her daughter Diwantie to pick up the pieces, becoming her mother’s voice and caretaker through the travails of hospital and rehabilitation center visits.

     

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    Mark | South Florida

    Immigrant Health

     

    Mark | South FL

    “I have been an educator for over 13 years, and I know the important role that education has in the lives of immigrant families and their children. When they are healthy, children can be in the classroom, and that is where great things can happen!”

     

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    Michael | Orlando, FL

    Floridians Impacted By COVID-19

     

    Michael | Orlando, FL

    Before Covid-19 hit Central Florida, Michael Smith scraped together a living running his own small business. He doesn’t have health insurance but has medical needs, including asthma he manages on his own.

     

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  • Share Your Story

    Join us in working for health justice in Florida. Let your voice be heard! Please contact us if you or a family member need health care and are:

    • An uninsured Floridian between the ages of 50-64.
    • A low-income worker.
    • A parent of a minor child.
    • A pregnant woman.
    • Someone struggling with injury or illness, including mental illness.
    • A senior struggling to remain at home and out of a nursing home.
    • A person who has benefited from being on Medicaid , or had a family member who has benefited.

    Sharing your story --in your words and your voice-- is essential. Together we'll make the case that everyone should have affordable accessible health care.

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