April 28, 2021

For families trying to make ends meet, FL moms and babies will get an extension for Medicaid health care [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:

"For mothers and babies in Florida who rely on health care through Medicaid, the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature has made a promise: After a mother births a child, both mom and babies will have health coverage for a full year, up from two months currently.

Florida’s 2021-22 state budget includes nearly $240 million for the initiative, a state-federal Biden administration program for families with low incomes who need access to the Medicaid program.


'We are thrilled that the legislature is making this new investment in mothers and their babies,' Anne Swerlick, senior policy analyst at the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], said in an email to the Phoenix."


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