April 27, 2021

For 19-and-20-year-olds, Medicaid will be a lifeline; lawmakers nix cuts in health care program for young adults [Florida Phoenix]

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.

Isaac Morgan writes:

"It looks like young, low-income Floridians will continue to be able to access affordable health care through Medicaid now that state lawmakers have nixed cuts in health care funding for 19-and-20-year-olds.

The change comes as lawmakers wrap up the state budget for 2021-22. The legislative session is scheduled to end Friday.


We applaud legislators for coming together and maintaining Medicaid coverage for young adult Floridians,” said Anne Swerlick, senior policy analyst at the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added]."


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