FPI Staff
May 19, 2017

Florida Think Tank Urges Nelson, Rubio to Reject GOP Health Care Bill [Florida Politics]

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.

Peter Schorsch of Florida Politics writes:

“A Florida-based think tank is warning the Republican-supported health care bill will severely harm those on Medicaid if enacted. The Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added] touts a recent study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that claims if the American Health Care Act (AHCA) becomes law, 2.35 million women and girls would be harmed.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation by four votes on May 4. The Senate is now contemplating changes or a possible re-write.

‘It’s not enough for the U.S. Senate to simply reject the House’s version of the “repeal and replace” American Health Care Act – they need to reject any bill that does not preserve Medicaid expansion, institutes per capita caps or block grants or eliminates protections for essential benefits and people with pre-existing conditions,’ said Joseph Pennisi, executive director of the FPI, in a news release.

Citing the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, FPI makes the case that Medicaid ‘covers 63 percent of all deliveries in Florida.’ Of the women and girls on Medicaid, 37 percent are white, 33 percent are Hispanic and 25 percent are African-American.

‘It is crucial for the U.S. Senate to protect this program, not cut it or radically restructure it,’ said Pennisi. ‘I urge Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to protect the health of their constituents and accept only legislation that does not cap or cut Medicaid, fully protects vulnerable populations and preserves expansion.'”


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