• 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.

  • 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

     

    Medicaid Expansion

    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!

     

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    Long-Term Care

    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.

     

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    Elder Health

    Despite Florida’s tremendous number of frail and disabled seniors, many face barriers in accessing necessary health care services. Our elected officials and the public need to see the faces and hear the voices of Florida’s seniors and families who are hurt by these barriers.

     

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    Immigrant Health

    Few people who are subject to the public charge test qualify for public programs covered by the regulation, but the regulation’s expanded criteria, including age, credit score, and disability, are already spreading fear among immigrant communities and turning many people away from critical services, threatening the health, nutrition, and housing of millions of families, a significant portion of whom call Florida home.

     

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    Impacted COVID-19

    Almost a million Floridians lost 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.

     

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    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!

    Medicaid Expansion

    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!

    - See STORIES -

    Medicaid Expansion

    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!

     

    - See STORIES -

    Elder Health

    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!

     

    See 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.

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