February 5, 2024

Florida lawsuit against feds could delay expansion of child health insurance

Christopher O'Donnell writes:

"A plan to make affordable health care available for more Florida children from low-income families could be delayed after the DeSantis administration last week sued the federal government over eligibility rules for KidCare, a federally subsidized children’s health insurance program.


Roughly 1.3 million Floridians have been terminated from the program since April, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. That number includes more than 500,000 children, according to the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], an Orlando nonprofit that advocates for health care policies that provide more care for low-income families.

“After the important leap forward that state leaders took in prioritizing children’s health, this new lawsuit against CMS is a big step backward,” Florida Policy Institute CEO Sadaf Knight [emphasis added] said in a statement. “Families in Florida are already facing a delay in implementing the KidCare expansion, and this lawsuit will only add to the delay.”"

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