Health Florida House Debates Medicare Expansion

Florida House Debates Medicare Expansion

-

- Advertisment -sslate

The Florida House today is to take up an amendment to its proposed health-care budget to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Florida’s current budget proposal includes more than $500 million in cuts to Medicaid. But with passage of the American Rescue Plan, the state can get $2.5 billion to $3 billion in federal dollars to support Medicaid expansion – double the projected budget shortfall.

Scott Darius, executive director of Florida Voices for Health, said it’s already harder to qualify for Medicaid in Florida than in most states.

“One-point-one million Floridians, most of whom are working, don’t have any affordable options for health care,” he said, “so Medicaid expansion is the biggest opportunity we have to bridge that gap for people who don’t have access to care, but are working very hard and contributing to the Florida economy.”

Expanding Medicaid could bring coverage to Floridians who make slightly more than $30,000 a year for a family of three. Opponents of expansion have insisted it would be too costly, but Darius asserted that the change would save the state $200 million a year with the influx of federal dollars and a healthier population.

Medicaid expansion would qualify about 1 million more Floridians for coverage. Darius noted that half of Floridians suffer from chronic diseases, and said he believes the state isn’t doing enough to help those individuals.

The focus of a new federal COVID relief package has now shifted to the U.S. Senate.

“In a lot of different ways, both in access and health outcomes related to specific health issues, Florida is lagging behind significantly,” he said, “and this is our first real opportunity to address that in a very real way.”

Beyond Medicaid expansion, he added, his organization hopes also to make strides in lowering the cost of care for Floridians, especially on high-priced prescription drugs and insulin.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

What Travelers Can Expect as Overdue Summer Plans Take Shape

The webinar is Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by AARP, Portland International Airport and Travel Oregon.

There’s A Growing Trend Of Research Into The Benefits Of Music Education, So Why Is It Still Seen As An Extra?

In a recent review of studies into the benefits of music education, Stars & Catz found that academic interest in the topic has taken off since 2008.

Laid-Off Workers Left to Make Do as Businesses Get Relief

Laid-off workers who had to fight through Florida's broken unemployment system were promised relief with increased benefits.

Pell Grant Overhaul Would Expand to DACA Students, Certificate Programs

Kaine's Jumpstart Our Businesses by Supporting Students Act (JOBS Act) bill would let students use Pell Grants for short-term certificate programs.
- Advertisement -

Caravan to Immigration Center Supports Detained Mothers

A Northwest car caravan is heading to an immigration detention center this weekend to support mothers who've been detained there.

Ted Talks Discovers Where ‘the Holy Grail’ is in Valencia (Spain)

The prestigious American platform with more than 30 million followers on You Tube has published for the first time in its history a conference dedicated to the Holy Grail.
edealo.com
- Advertisement -Circuit City
transformerscon

Must read

What Travelers Can Expect as Overdue Summer Plans Take Shape

The webinar is Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., sponsored by AARP, Portland International Airport and Travel Oregon.

There’s A Growing Trend Of Research Into The Benefits Of Music Education, So Why Is It Still Seen As An Extra?

In a recent review of studies into the benefits of music education, Stars & Catz found that academic interest in the topic has taken off since 2008.
- Advertisement -sslate

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you