Anne Swerlick
March 31, 2021

Proposed Cuts to Medicaid Threaten Federal Funding and Harm Families

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.

The Senate’s proposed budget (SPB 2500) and health conforming bill (SPB 2518) include language that would eliminate Medicaid coverage for vision, optometric, hearing, podiatric, chiropractic services provided to adults, and eliminate Medicaid coverage for young adults ages 19 and 20. These cuts are not only counterproductive for the health of Floridians, but they also risk Florida losing out on millions of dollars by running counter to the law which allows Florida to receive an enhanced federal funding match. Notably, at the end of the last fiscal year, Florida had a Medicaid general revenue surplus of $343 million due to receipt of the enhanced federal match. 

Below, find fact sheets regarding these cuts and the impact they will have on Floridians and the state budget. These factsheets are useful for engaging with legislators as the Senate considers its proposed budget.

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