• 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."

  • STORIES

     

    Uninsured older Floridians who have not yet reached 65, the age of Medicare eligibility, feel they are barely “hanging on”. Florida, and the other 13 non-expansion states, may be the only places on the planet where older adults want to age faster!

     

     

     

     

    Too many adults, parents and those without children, earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, and too little to qualify for subsidies for Marketplace insurance. They work in hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and on construction sites. Without health insurance, they are unable to address critical health concerns, often forced to live in pain and in fear.

     

     

    Almost a million ost their jobs between February and May 2020. Many of these also lost their employer-sponsored health care. These individuals, plus the 13% of Floridians who were already uninsured before COVID, must face terrifying questions about whether or not to seek testing and treatment should they become ill.

     

     

    Too many adults, parents and those without children, earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, and too little to qualify for subsidies for Marketplace insurance. They work in hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, and on construction sites. Without health insurance, they are unable to address critical health concerns, often forced to live in pain and in fear.

     

     

  • STORIES

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  • Health Justice 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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