July 13, 2021

Medicaid advocates urge Florida federal delegation to support $400B for home-based care [Florida Politics]

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.

Jacob Ogles writes:

"'This underfunding has left thousands of frail seniors and persons with disabilities on waitlists.'

Three Florida-based advocacy groups are calling on Florida’s congressional delegation to support $400 billion for Medicaid Home & Community Based Services.

The Florida Health Justice Project, Disability Rights Florida and Florida Policy Institute gathered more than 420 signatures on a letter in support of the federal program [emphasis added]."


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