November 21, 2023

Map of Children’s Medicaid Coverage Loss in Florida

This post was originally published on Sept. 29, 2023. It has been updated to reflect new monthly data.

Florida has seen a net disenrollment of 368,728 youth aged 20 and younger from Medicaid after the ending of federal provisions that allowed families with low income to keep their health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. (There have been 291,000 net disenrollments of youth aged 0-18.) Because Florida has not expanded Medicaid, the vast majority of those losing insurance during this time have been children, parents, young adults, and new mothers. Broadly, it was the hope that children who were no longer deemed eligible for Medicaid would transition to other forms of coverage such as Florida’s Child Health Insurance (CHIP), known in Florida as Florida Kid Care, or the federal marketplace. During this same time period, the net enrollment increase in Florida’s CHIP program has only been 33,359, meaning it has not kept up with the previously expected enrollment numbers. 

Health care advocates across the state have called on the state to pause disenrollments until considerable system improvements can be made. Florida is the only state that has not opted to utilize policy flexibilities offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the number of children losing coverage due to system error or red tape. 

The visualization below shows children’s Medicaid coverage loss by county in Florida from April 2023 through October 2023. 

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