Esubalew Dadi
May 4, 2017

American Health Care Act Threatens Access to Coverage for Millions of Florida Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The U.S. House leadership’s health plan — the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — would put at risk low-income Florida seniors and adults with disabilities who rely on Medicaid as their sole access to affordable health care. Cutting Medicaid by $880 billion and capping its financing structure would jeopardize the complex health care needs of the most vulnerable Floridians. Although the share of seniors and adults with disabilities is a small percentage of the total Medicaid population, their per-enrollee cost of care is more than double their representation in the program, reflecting their complex and intensive medical needs.

Medicaid is a lifeline for approximately 4 million Floridians, including roughly 1.7 million low-income adults including individuals with disabilities and seniors whose special conditions require regular medical and intensive long-term care services. Nationally, Medicaid covers 6 million seniors and 10 million persons with disabilities In Florida, low-income seniors and adults with disabilities account for 21 percent of total Medicaid enrollees, but represent more than 57 percent of program spending,reflecting their significant health care needs and more intensive long-term care. The graph below shows the share of Medicaid enrollees in the Medicaid program and their respective per enrollee spending for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16.

Downloadable Resources

There are no attachments currently.
No items found.