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Behind the Numbers: Medicaid Saves Lives

Anne Swerlick
May 2017

The American Health Care Act is a troubling assault on the most vulnerable Floridians – more than 4 million Medicaid beneficiaries.

The bill radically restructures Medicaid financing. Over the next decade, $19.1 billion in federal funding would be cut from Florida’s Medicaid program, part of $839 billion in cuts across the country.

And it’s a double whammy. The bill also funds $600 billion in tax cuts, mostly for households with incomes above $250,000, drug companies, insurance companies and other large corporations.

But behind the wonky policy and numbers, the stories of lives saved by Medicaid remain in the shadows. They are stories of children, struggling parents, pregnant women, people with disabilities and seniors. Their stories need to be front and center as health reform proposals are considered.

The “Some Cuts Won’t Heal” campaign does just that – it shows Floridians whose lives have been profoundly impacted by Medicaid:

  • A cancer patient needing life-saving chemotherapy and other treatments;
  • An auto accident victim receiving rehabilitation services;
  • A child with autism receiving behavioral, speech and occupational therapies; and
  • A child with a life-threatening breathing condition receiving critical services that allow him to live at home.

Go watch these videos. Medicaid is more than just numbers. In the words of Floridians featured in these videos, “Medicaid gave me my life back.”

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