November 19, 2021

Build Back Better Lays the Foundation for an Equitable Recovery in Florida

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 House’s approval of this momentous federal legislation is a vital step toward moving Build Back Better over the finish line and ensuring a more equitable economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic and recession.

While every single person has been affected in some way by COVID, families already struggling to keep food on the table have suffered the greatest hardships. The bill’s investments in child care and affordable health care, and provisions that were crafted to lift people out of poverty, reduce long-standing racial disparities, and require the wealthiest Americans to pay more of their share, will help create the strong foundation Florida needs to rebuild and start moving our state toward shared prosperity.

We applaud the House for including funding to close the health care coverage gap through 2025 for people with income below the poverty level, which includes hundreds of thousands of people in the Sunshine State. Florida Policy Institute, along with our partners Florida Health Justice Project, Florida Voices for Health, and others, have worked tirelessly in advocating for inclusion of this provision in Build Back Better, as state leaders have refused to expand Medicaid to all adults with low income.

The legislation would also provide much-needed tax relief to millions of Floridians by extending through 2022 the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit expansions, and it includes a historic investment in child care and universal preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds.

Lastly, we thank Florida’s congressional delegation, including champions such as Reps. Kathy Castor, Val Demings, Ted Deutch, Darren Soto, and Lois Frankel, for their steadfast commitment to bolstering our state’s recovery.

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