• Older Floridians

    Need Medicaid Expansion

    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!

  • The Storytellers

    Gigi | St. Johns, FL

    Age 58

    St. Johns, FL

    Gigi lost her job and her health insurance due to COVID-19 as well as contracted the virus herself. Now suffering with the lingering effects of COVID-19, she cannot afford the medical care she desperately needs.


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    Adrienne | Florida

    Age 62


    Adrienne is a retiree. She moved to Florida a few years ago to take care of her mother. Adrienne did not make this decision lightly, as it meant taking early retirement and giving up her steady benefits.


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    KG| Ft Lauderdale, FL

    Age 62

    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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    Kelly | Tampa, FL

    Age 62

    Tampa, FL

    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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    Charlius | Miami, FL

    Age 56

    Miami, FL

    Charilus is a 56-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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    Angeline | Miami, FL

    Age 51

    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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    Olga | Miami, FL

    Age 52

    Miami, 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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    Ambiorix | Miami, FL

    Age 59

    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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    Darren | Miami, FL

    Age 53

    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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    Fulgencio | Miami, FL

    Age 57

    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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    Adriana | Miami, FL

    Age 60

    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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    Genetta | Miami Gardens, FL

    Age 61

    Miami Gardens, FL

    “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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    Thomas | Orlando, FL

    Age 61

    Orlando, FL

    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, FL

    Age 55

    Miami, FL

    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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    Sandra | Orlando, FL

    Age 54

    Orlando, FL

    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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    Low-Wage Workers

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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:

    • 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.
  • 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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