By
Sadaf Knight
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June 17, 2021

SCOTUS Decision on ACA a Big Win for Floridians

This post was last updated on September 10, 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 opinion issued today by the U.S. Supreme Court will preserve coverage for 23 million Americans by ending the lawsuit brought by Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody and 17 other attorneys general to gut the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. Today’s decision is very good news for the millions of Floridians with pre-existing conditions, like asthma, heart disease, and high blood pressure, and the 2 million Floridians who have health care coverage through the federal marketplace.

It’s time to end attacks on the ACA. The landmark federal law, enacted in 2010, has helped remove barriers to coverage and care for people with disabilities, people of color, and those with low income.

Now, with the lawsuit in the rearview mirror, it’s time for Congress to focus on strengthening the ACA by closing the health care coverage gap for 2.2 million uninsured adults across the country and enacting permanent ACA marketplace reforms to make insurance coverage more affordable.

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