April 26, 2021

How Medicaid Expansion Would Save Florida Money (Updated)

This post was last updated on December 8, 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.

Expanding Medicaid would not only reduce health disparities and save lives, it would also save Florida money, as it has in other states that have expanded Medicaid. On top of the annual savings, for the first two years of expansion, under the recently-signed American Rescue Plan Act, Florida would receive an additional $3.5 billion over two years. Below is an update infographic spelling out how the Sunshine State saves money under Medicaid expansion.

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