March 27, 2017

Florida Health Advocates Worry About Possible Medicaid Changes [WFSU]

This post was last updated on September 10, 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.

WFSU’s Sara Mueller interviewed Anne Swerlick, health policy analyst at the Florida Policy Institute, along with several health care advocates, on Florida lawmakers’ push to make radical changes to the Medicaid program.

Mueller noted that, “Swerlick said she’s concerned that the state wants to eliminate retroactive Medicaid coverage that allows people who have a medical crisis get help with medical costs up to three months before they applied for Medicaid. She said removing it will force families into financial debt and insecurity.”

Swerlick also discussed Governor Rick Scott’s proposal to cut supplemental payments to public hospitals, noting, “Our current governor…has some issues with some of the safety net hospitals. He seems to have a preference for the for-profit hospital world.”


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