• Medicaid Expansion

    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, day care workers, car mechanics, construction workers--go without the health care they need while our tax dollars to cover them sit in Washington D.C.

  • Medicaid Expansion STORIES

    Older Floridians

  • 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!

     

    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 could have prevented him from now being physically unable to work.

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    Lidia

    Miami, Florida

    Before Lidia became so ill, she used to clean houses and take care of frail and disabled seniors. But for the last three years, she has had to stop working due to her health issues.

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    Gennetta

    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.”

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  • Share Your Story

    We want to hear from you. Please contact us if you or a family member need health care and are:

    • A low-income worker
    • A parent of a minor child
    • Someone struggling with injury or illness, including mental illness
    Sharing your story --in your words and your voice-- is part of the solution. Together we'll make the case that it's time for everyone to have affordable health care.
  • Read More Medicaid Expansion STORIES

  • No issue is more important to furthering health justice in Florida than expanding Medicaid coverage under the ACA. Florida is one of only 14 states still refusing federal funding to cover low-income uninsured adults.

  • FHJP in the News

  • 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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