July 13, 2019

Medicaid Expansion Would Save Florida Millions in State Dollars [Tampa Bay Times]

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.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, about 1.2 million fewer Florida residents were uninsured in 2017 than in 2013, the year before major provisions of the landmark federal health law went into effect.

While this represents remarkable progress, Florida’s share of residents without coverage remains one of the highest in the nation. In Hillsborough County, 17.1 percent of adults between 19 and 64 are uninsured; the rate of adults without coverage in Pinellas County is only slightly lower at 16.8 percent. This includes hard-working parents, people with disabilities and residents without children. (The latter group, it’s worth noting, are unable to qualify for Medicaid at any income level.) Many make up the state’s “coverage gap,” the hundreds of thousands of Floridians with income too high to qualify for Medicaid under the state’s extremely low threshold, yet too low to access federal marketplace subsidies.

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