• Florida Parents & Low-Wage Workers Need Medicaid Expansion

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

  • The Storytellers

    Charlius | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    A single father with serious health problems loses his Medicaid when his daughter turns 18. He loses his ability to work because he must quarantine to save his life. Florida’s limited Medicaid program means he’s unable to see doctors, get life-saving medications or surgery. Where can he turn in the time of COVID-19?


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    Guliet | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    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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    Allison | Orlando, FL

    Miami Gardens, FL

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


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    Mika | Homestead, FL

    Homestead, FL

    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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    Anthony | Orlando, FL

    Orlando, FL

    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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    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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    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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  • Read STORIES Of Other Floridians

    Who Need Medicaid Expansion



    Floridians Struggling With Physical & Mental Illness


    Impacted By COVID-19

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    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.
    • 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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