• 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

    Michael | Orlando, FL

    Orlando, FL

    Before Covid-19 hit Central Florida, Michael Smith scraped together a living running his own small business. He doesn’t have health insurance but has medical needs, including asthma he manages on his own.

     

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    Mark | Hallandale, FL

    Hallandale, 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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    Sharon | Orlando, FL

    Orlando, FL

    Sharon is a 40-year-old with two minor children, ages 15 and 13. The younger child has been diagnosed with ADHD and requires extensive therapy.

     

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    Adriana | Orlando, FL

    Orlando, FL

    Adriana Lasanta Bondy is a 42-year-old single mother of two minor children, ages 15 and 10. She moved to the Orlando area two years ago after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico

     

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    Wallace| Miami, FL

    Miami, 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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    Damani | Orlando, FL

    Orlando, FL

    Damani is a 47-year-old single man who lives in Orlando, Florida and works as a freelance writer averaging less than $1400.00 a month income as a contract worker. He lost his full-time job in January 2018 and subsequently lost his health insurance in March, 2018.

     

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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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    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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    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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    Allison | Miami Gardens, 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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    Kirk | Miami, FL

    Miami, FL

    While Kirk had insurance, he felt a sense of confidence and well-being as he was able to take care of his health care needs. But 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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    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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