Medicaid expansion

Health advocates say Biden’s health plan could benefit ‘hundreds of thousands of people in the Sunshine State’

BY: - November 19, 2021

With the U.S. House approving a bill Friday that includes expansion of Medicaid coverage for low-income people, health care advocates are praising the provision that could help close health coverage gaps for hundreds of thousands of Floridians. President Joe Biden’s so-called Build Back Better plan addresses Medicaid coverage gaps in non-expansion states, such as Florida, […]

FL moms have gotten expanded Medicaid coverage following childbirth, but not many people knew it

BY: - September 29, 2021

A major initiative pushed by Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls to expand Medicaid coverage for women and babies has been happening for more than a year — a surprise to lawmakers who were getting antsy about the launch of the new program for postpartum moms. Sprowls pushed to expand Medicaid coverage for mothers and babies, […]

Lawmakers wrap up state budget, failing to use $3.5 billion in federal COVID dollars to help Floridians

BY: - April 27, 2021

With just a few days left in the 2021 legislative session and COVID-19 still infecting and killing Floridians, the Legislature will not fully utilize federal coronavirus relief funds from the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan. About $3.5 billion will be used to bolster the state’s reserves rather than provide programs and initiatives to help Floridians, […]

Medicaid expansion for moms and babies is now closer to reality in the FL Legislature

BY: - April 26, 2021

Republican House Speaker Chris Sprowls declared a plan in late March to tackle inequities in maternal health care that impact women by pushing for a one-year expansion for maternal Medicaid benefits, an inititative of the Biden administration. Now, the Florida Senate looks to be on board with the initiative, albeit, the Senate is pushing for […]

Reality sets in: Dems doubtful that FL Legislature will expand Medicaid for the vulnerable

BY: - April 21, 2021

Democratic lawmakers in Florida are renewing calls for Medicaid expansion but the reality is doubtful, with GOP leaders against expanding the health care program for the state’s most vulnerable population. With less than two weeks left in the 2021 legislative session, Democrats in a virtual news conference Tuesday evening acknowledged that Florida’s Medicaid program will […]

Major cuts in FL’s Medicaid program looming as GOP lawmakers try to wrap up 2021-22 state budget

BY: - April 20, 2021

While low-income residents rely on Medicaid for health care, state lawmakers working on the 2021-22 state budget are proposing some major cuts in dollars for the Medicaid program. The proposed reductions come at a time when many advocates have been pushing to expand Medicaid for low-income families. Florida is among a dozen or so states […]

FL House proposes expanded Medicaid postpartum coverage for moms and babies, but Senate has not

BY: - April 5, 2021

The Florida House has included millions in its proposed 2021-22 state budget to extend postpartum care for mothers eligible for Medicaid to a period of 12 months or 365 days. Usually it’s been just two months. But so far, the Florida Senate has not moved on the budget issue, creating a standoff on Medicaid expansion […]

19- & 20-year-olds: ‘We are pushing these young people over the cliff from being insured to being uninsured’

BY: - March 31, 2021

Young people ages 19 and 20 who rely on affordable health coverage could see their Medicaid coverage eliminated — which could push low-income youths into a crisis mode, health advocates say. State lawmakers in the Florida Senate have proposed cutting Medicaid coverage for those with low incomes in that age group in its 2021-22 state […]

Gov. DeSantis is saying no to Medicaid expansion, even though the massive relief package would help out

BY: - March 25, 2021

Tucked into the Biden administration’s massive federal relief package is a major provision to expand benefits for low-income people in Florida and other states that haven’t adopted Medicaid expansion, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The $1.9 trillion stimulus plan signed earlier this March provides financial incentives in the millions to expand […]

Following Biden initiative, FL House Speaker pushes Medicaid expansion for low-income women with new babies

BY: - March 23, 2021

Chris Sprowls, the top GOP lawmaker in the Florida House, is following an initiative from the Democratic Biden administration to extend Medicaid coverage for a full year to low-income women after they deliver their babies. Tuesday, Sprowls didn’t mention President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package signed earlier this March that included a change to […]

Democrats accuse GOP leaders of pitching agenda that is ‘tone-deaf’ to needs of average Floridians

BY: - March 2, 2021

Florida Democratic lawmakers blasted Republicans Tuesday for a 2021 agenda considered tone-deaf to citizens, catering to corporate interests rather than help for Floridians struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic and its myriad side effects. “Despite the wide path of destruction COVID has cut in Florida and the heavy toll it took in and on Floridians’ […]

New study: FL sees high rates of uninsured children from not expanding Medicaid

BY: - February 19, 2021

Florida is among only twelve states that have not expanded Medicaid for low-income residents, leading to high rates of children without health coverage,  a new study shows. The report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that: “As of December 2020, 39 states (including the District of Columbia) have expanded Medicaid thereby […]