• 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

     

    Kelly

    Tampa, Florida

    After a lifetime of security and serenity living in her own home, Kelly Percival’s life was jolted into crisis after an unfortunate accident left her hobbling and a global pandemic left her unemployed.

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    Guliet

    Miami, Florida

    Guliet, a 39-year-old mother, lives with her husband and children in northwest Miami-Dade County. She is a part-time distribution center employee. Her employer doesn’t provide healthcare.

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    Adriana

    Miami, Florida

    Before COVID, Adriana, a 60-year-old resident of downtown Miami, had been working hard as a waitress--in spite of serious health problems.

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    Angeline

    Miami, Florida

    Angeline suffers from serious health conditions, which routine treatments have not been able to relieve. Without Medicaid, Angeline lacks the privacy, stability, and continuity of care she greatly desires.

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    Charilus

    Miami, Florida

    Charilus is a fifty-six-year-old Haitian-American who suffers from cognitive impairments, memory loss, hearing loss, vision loss, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, arthritis, and back pain.

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    Anthony

    Orlando, Florida

    Anthony is a 45-year-old native Floridian whose part-time job in janitorial services doesn’t offer health insurance. He doesn’t qualify for Medicaid under the state’s stringent requirements either.

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    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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    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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    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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    Darren

    Miami, Florida

    Darren has worked in unskilled labor positions for most of his life but because of his physical problems, he can no longer return to those jobs.

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    Fulgencio

    Miami, Florida

    Without Medicaid, Fulgencio could not get the surgery, physical therapy and treatment he needed for his debilitating back condition, which caused him to experience daily pain.

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    Allison

    Miami Gardens, Florida

    When her youngest child turned 18, Alison lost her Medicaid, and, like many low-wage Florida workers, she does not receive insurance from her employer.

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    Olga

    Miami, Florida

    Olga is a 52-year old woman who has endured severe physical and mental abuse and has had extreme difficulty getting back on her feet after fleeing her abusive husband. After years of abuse, she and her daughter finally built up the courage to leave their home.

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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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    Rebecca

    Miami, Florida

    Rebecca lost her health insurance when she was laid off from her technical support job. Now working part-time, she doesn't make enough to qualify for a marketplace subsidy.

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    Nelson

    Miami, Florida

    Nelson can't get the brand-name medications he needs. Without Medicaid, he can only get generic medications that are far less effective at managing his symptoms.

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    Kirk

    Miami, Florida

    Kirk’s income as a part-time meatpacker and stocker at a local grocery store dropped to $500 a month, making him ineligible for a health care marketplace subsidy.

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    Ambiorix

    Miami, Florida

    Ambiorix used to work in construction but has not worked since February 2011 because of his hematological disorders and depression.

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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.