May 24, 2017

Statement on American Health Care Act's CBO Score

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.

According to the estimate just released by the Congressional Budget Office on the latest version of the American Health Care Act, 23 million people would lose health care coverage by 2026 — with 14 million losing coverage in the first year — while high-income earners would enjoy hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts. A terrible piece of legislation remains terrible. As the U.S. Senate considers a health care bill, they must reject any legislation that reduces coverage, eliminates expansion or cuts and caps Medicaid.

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