By
Anne Swerlick
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March 2, 2018

Low Income Pool Update: For FY 2017-18 Florida will collect less than half of the $1.5 billion appropriated

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.

In a recent FPI policy brief, we reported that there were local financial commitments which would allow the state to realize $790 million for the LIP pool- a little over half of the total $1.5 billion appropriated by the Legislature. Florida relies on local entities, like hospital taxing districts, to raise the state matching dollars needed to draw down LIP federal funds.

But the News Services of Florida now reports that the total is in fact just $730 million, less than half of the amount appropriated. That’s because the full amount of local commitments did not actually come through. This just reinforces the takeaway - uncertain LIP funding will never be a substitute for health care coverage.  

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