Medicaid Expansion 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.
Floridians with 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, not having health insurance is the key barrier to care.
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
Florida's Health Care Coverage Gap
Thomas | Orlando, FL
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