• Floridians Struggling With

    Mental & Physical Illness

    Need Medicaid Expansion

    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.

  • The Storytellers


    Juakenia| Miami, FL

    Miami Beach, FL

    Living without healthcare takes a terrible toll on Florida residents. Without expanded Medicaid, options for basic preventative care and mental health services are limited and too expensive.   


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    Stacey | Hollywood, FL

    Miami, FL

    Stacey Tabacco and her family are living on the edge, hanging on to their family’s Medicaid health insurance amid the Covid-19 pandemic, living in fear of losing the healthcare that keeps them alive.


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    Wallace | Hialeah, FL

    Hialeah, FL

    Wallace Boddin knows he’s lucky to be alive. The other two patients that were admitted with him to Hialeah Hospital in similar conditions didn’t make it.


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    KG | Ft Lauderdale, FL

    Ft Lauderdale, FL

    KG is a veteran who has diabetes and a potentially fatal kidney condition. In recent years she has been periodically homeless. Although she has previously found temporary housing in community shelters, with her fragile health and advanced age, she now fears getting exposed to COVID-19.


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    Darren | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    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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    Olga | Miami Gardens, FL

    Miami Gardens, FL

    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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    Angeline | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    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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    Fulgencio | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    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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    Ambiorix | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

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


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    Charlius | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    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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    Adriana | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    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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    Nelson | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    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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    Rebecca | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    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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  • Read STORIES Of Other Floridians

    Who Need Medicaid Expansion



    Florida Parents &

    Low-Wage Workers


    Impacted By COVID-19

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    Join the fight by letting your voice be heard!

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

    • Someone struggling with injury or illness, including mental illness.
    • A low-income worker.
    • A parent of a minor child.
    • An uninsured Floridian between the ages of 50-64.
    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.
  • 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.



    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

  • 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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