About Florida Health Justice STORIES
Given Florida’s large vulnerable populations, the tremendous number of uninsured, the failure to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the low Medicaid spending for current Medicaid enrollees (47th in the nation), and recent harmful cuts to the state’s Medicaid program, it’s not surprising that vulnerable Floridians experience barriers in accessing care.
STORIES will share the voices of our fellow Floridians on the state’s major health justice/injustice issues including:
Until the state expands Medicaid coverage, policymakers and the public must continue to hear from Floridians who are suffering physically and financially because they lack health coverage. Read the stories
Access to Care for Seniors
Despite Florida’s huge number of frail and disabled elderly, there are tremendous barriers to coverage and services for this extremely vulnerable population. Our state leaders and the public need to see the faces and hear the voices of Florida’s seniors and families hurt by the state’s repeal of retroactive Medicaid, and the long waitlist for home and community-based services (HCBS) needed to avoid institutionalization. Even after Florida was sued over the waitlist, the Legislature failed to increase the number of individuals who could receive HCBS or provide necessary funding for the local agencies unable to process applicants in a timely fashion. Read the stories
Long-Term Care Medicaid Program
Subsidized health care benefits are critical for low-income Floridians with disabilities--especially those who are so frail and disabled that they require long-term services and supports to remain in their home. These services, also referred to as home and community-based services (HCBS), are provided through Florida's Medicaid Long-Term Care (LTC) managed care program to eligible individuals. Read the stories
While public support for Medicaid increased following the 2017 fight over ACA repeal and Medicaid caps, this essential program remains at risk in Florida. The public and leaders need to see and hear the stories of individuals and families who rely on Medicaid—from the parents of children with special needs to the families whose loved ones are in a nursing home—to appreciate its significance.
Project supported by The Florida Bar Foundation