• Medicaid Expansion

    Florida is one of just 10 states that has not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. As a result, older Floridians, parents and low wage workers, people struggling with illness and those impacted by COVID-19 job loss, go without critical health care. Even before the pandemic, more than 900,000 uninsured Floridians stood to gain health coverage with Medicaid expansion. With the pandemic, that number is now over 1.5 million.

    Medicaid expansion is critical in remedying the structural racism at the root of persistent health disparities, including those disparities defining the pandemic.


    Fulgencio | Miami, FL

    Uninsured older Floridians who have not yet reached 65, the age of Medicare eligibility, feel they are barely “hanging on.” Florida, and the other 12 non-expansion states, may be the only places on the planet where older adults want to age faster!


    See Older Floridian STORIES



    Adriana | Orange County, FL

    Many working Floridians, including those with children, have no path to affordable coverage. Many are front-line and essential workers at nursing homes, hotels and restaurants. Without health insurance, they are unable to address critical health concerns, and often live in pain and fear.


    See Florida Parents & Low-Wage Workers STORIES



    Olga | Miami Gardens, FL

    Floridians with physical and mental illness face significant obstacles in accessing necessary and appropriate health care. In fact, well over half of adults with mental illness in Florida do not receive treatment. For many of these individuals, not having health insurance is the major barrier to care.


    See Floridians Struggling With Physical & Mental Illness STORIES

    Kelly | Tampa, FL

    As of May 2, 2020, over 740,000 Floridians lost their employer sponsored insurance due to the pandemic. The vast majority, almost 600,000 would be eligible for Medicaid if Florida joined 38 other states in providing coverage for low- income uninsured adults.


    Over 1.5 million of our fellow Floridians could be on Medicaid. Instead, they face the additional horror of struggling through this crisis without healthcare coverage.


    See Floridians Impacted By COVID-19 STORIES

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    Contact us if you or a family member need health care and are:

    • An uninsured Floridian between the ages of 50-64.
    • 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.

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  • Making The Case For

    Medicaid Expansion


    The Florida Health Justice Project speaks with Dr. Olveen Carrasquillo, a leading Miami physician, about the challenges faced by his many uninsured patients and the devastating impact of Florida’s failure to expand Medicaid.


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    Why Floridians Are Falling

    Through The Coverage Gap


    Florida is one of only 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid. As a result, approximately 445,000 Floridians fall into the “Coverage Gap,” meaning they have no path to affordable coverage.


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  • Read More About Floridians Who Need Medicaid Expansion

    June 2020 | Mental Illness and Criminal Justice in Florida by Alison Yager
    February 2020 | Florida's Medicaid Expansion Opportunity by Matt Childers
    February 2020 | Connecting the Dots by Alison Yager
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