June 30, 2017

Florida's Seniors Not Immune To Proposed Medicaid Cuts [WUSF/Health News Florida]

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.

Julio Ochoa, editor of Health News Florida, writes:

“With everyone age 65 and older eligible for Medicare, seniors may be the last group that comes to mind when there’s talk of Medicaid spending reductions.

But the oldest and most vulnerable in Florida could be hit hard by the Senate’s health care bill.

While Medicare pays for hospital and physician care, Medicaid helps low-income seniors with nursing home care, home-based care, eyeglasses, hearing aids and dentures.

More than half a million seniors in Florida rely on Medicaid coverage, including many in rural areas, said Anne Swerlick, an analyst with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added].

‘We need to keep in mind, this includes the most frail, medically complex and vulnerable residents of these areas,’ Swerlick said

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that Florida would lose 34 percent, or $8 billion, of its projected federal health care funding in 2022 under the Senate’s proposal."


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