• Florida Health Justice STORIES

    Over 400,000 low-income Floridians have no pathway to affordable health coverage because our state has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

     

    The people who serve our communities every day--waitresses, home health aides, construction workers--go without the health care they need while our tax dollars to cover them sit in Washington D.C.

     

    Your stories have the power to change that.

  • Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo

    Health Justice Talk

     

    Dr. Carrasquillo from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine speaks about the challenges faced by his many uninsured patients and the devastating impact he sees of Florida’s failure to expand Medicaid.

    Gennette | Miami Gardens, FL

    Medicaid Expansion STORIES

     

    “People like me who have worked our whole lives and taken care of other people and are now in our early 60s just hope and pray we can hang on till 65 to get health insurance again.”

    Therese | Naples, FL

    Long-Term Care​ STORIES

     

    In the midst of the COVID crisis, Therese’s bureaucratic nightmare with her Medicaid Long-Term Care managed care plan (“the plan”) entered a new chapter.

    Miguel and Sonia | Miami, FL

    Elder Health​ STORIES

     

    Their urgent need for dental care has meant that they have had to travel to Sonia’s native country of the Dominican Republic in order to receive the care they required.

    Tatiana | Jacksonville, FL

    Immigrant​ STORIES

     

    “Everyone deserves the same basic right to health care. No one should be forced to choose between seeking medical care or possible deportation."

    Health Justice Talk

    Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo

     

    Dr. Carrasquillo from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine speaks about the challenges faced by his many uninsured patients and the devastating impact he sees of Florida’s failure to expand Medicaid.

    Medicaid Expansion STORIES

    Gennette | Miami Gardens, Florida

     

    “People like me who have worked our whole lives and taken care of other people and are now in our early 60s just hope and pray we can hang on till 65 to get health insurance again.”

    Long-Term Care​ STORIES

    Therese | Naples, Florida

     

    In the midst of the COVID crisis, Therese’s bureaucratic nightmare with her Medicaid Long-Term Care managed care plan (“the plan”) entered a new chapter.

    Elder Health​ STORIES

    Miguel and Sonia | Miami, Florida

     

    Their urgent need for dental care has meant that they have had to travel to Sonia’s native country of the Dominican Republic in order to receive the care they required.

    Immigrant Health​ STORIES

    Tatiana | Jacksonville, Florida

     

    “Everyone deserves the same basic right to health care. No one should be forced to choose between seeking medical care or possible deportation."

  • Medicaid Expansion STORIES

    Sandra

    Orlando, Florida

    In spite of her health challenges, Sandra moved to Florida in 2018 to take full-time care of her mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and her brother, who is blind and autistic.

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    Thomas

    Orlando, Florida

    Thomas developed several ailments that went untreated due to a lack of health insurance. Affordable health care through Medicaid expansion could have prevented him from being physically unable to work.

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    Mika

    Homestead, Florida

    Mika was injured in a car accident and had to stop working. Without income, Mika did not qualify for a health care marketplace subsidy, making health insurance unaffordable.

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  • Long-Term Care STORIES

    Therese - Chapter 2

    Naples, Florida

    In the midst of the COVID crisis, Therese’s bureaucratic nightmare with her Medicaid Long-Term Care managed care plan (“the plan”) entered a new chapter.

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    Therese

    Naples, Florida

    Therese has twice been erroneously terminated from her Medicaid Long-Term Care benefits. She was without an aide for over six weeks, a perilous situation for someone who requires 24-hour care.

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    Manuel

    Miami, Florida

    After three years of waiting to qualify for the home-based care that he needs and much advocacy by FHJP and various organizations, Manuel's application for home care was finally approved.

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  • Elder Health STORIES

    Miguel and Sonia

    Miami, Florida

    Their urgent need for dental care has meant that they have had to travel to Sonia’s native country of the Dominican Republic in order to receive the care they required.

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    Antonia

    Miami, Florida

    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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    Eustiquieano

    Miami, Florida

    At 82 years old, almost all of Eustiqueano’s teeth are in need of treatment, making it difficult for him to chew. His Medicare HMO only covers one cleaning a year with a co-pay.

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  • FHJP in the News

  • Health Talk with Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo

     

     

    The Florida Health Justice Project speaks with Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, the Chief of General Internal Medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, about the challenges faced by his many uninsured patients and the devastating impact he sees of Florida’s failure to expand Medicaid.

     

    Florida is one of just 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. More than 800,000 Floridians would gain access to health coverage with Medicaid expansion. Many more who have lost their employer-based policies in the COVID-19 pandemic would also qualify for the safety-net program.

     

    Medicaid expansion is a key step in remedying the structural racism at the root of persistent health disparities, and most immediately the disparities defining the pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 3,000 Floridians to date.

  • Florida's Health Care Coverage Gap

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    Florida's Health Care Coverage Gap

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