New Data Show That All Florida School Districts Have High Percentages of Children Covered by Medicaid or CHIP

More than 2 million children/youth across the state are enrolled in Medicaid and another 218,000 in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Georgetown University Center for Children and Families recently reported on new research demonstrating the valuable links between Medicaid and schools.
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Procedural Issues, Lack of Transparency Continue at Florida CRC

Unless considerable changes are made to the CRC process, meaningful public involvement is unobtainable. If indeed public involvement is an important part of the CRC process, and there is no pre-ordained agenda, then the commission should institute the modifications noted above.
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Florida Senate Solidifies Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform in Proposed FY 2018-19 Budget

The Senate proposed budget offers increased funding for programs in the Department of Corrections, Juvenile Justice and the Judiciary that promote physical safety, health, rehabilitation and prevention.
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Florida Leaders Follow Commonsense Path by Rejecting Medicaid Work Requirements

It’s been a momentous time for those pushing work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries.  The federal Centers on Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) just issued new state policy guidance signaling its endorsement of this concept, reversing decades of contrary policy. Shortly after the  new guidance, CMS approved Kentucky’s request to implement these requirements. Multiple other states have lined up to follow suit.
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Governor Scott Delivers Final State of the State Speech

While the governor’s proposed budget includes nearly across-the-board increases in funding, it follows seven years of draconian tax cuts and underinvestment in public services. Further, although Scott touts his push for additional funding to fight the opioid epidemic, Florida has yet to expand Medicaid to the more than 500,000 people stuck in the coverage gap.
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Florida’s Infant Mortality Rate is Significantly Higher than the National Average

A new brief from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examines state variations in infant mortality by race and Hispanic origin of the mother from 2013 to 2015. Florida is identified as one of 21 states with an infant mortality rate significantly higher than the U.S. rate.
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Rubio in Good Position to Negotiate Inclusion of Improved Child Tax Credit in Final Tax Bill

A recent report by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) rightly argues that the Rubio-Lee Child Tax Credit (CTC) amendment should be included in the final congressional tax bill.
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The CHIP Funding Roller Coaster Hurts Florida Kids and Families

In September, we sounded the alarm that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was about to expire. Now, more than two months later, there still has been no action from Congress. This ongoing delay in funding is putting thousands of Florida families at risk and on edge.
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Feds Welcome State Proposals to Restrict Medicaid Eligibility

The Florida Policy Institute released a new report, “ Medicaid Premiums and Work Requirements: A Prescription for Higher Costs and Lower Heath Care Coverage,” earlier this month. Since then, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has given additional signals of its strong support for state proposals to implement new Medicaid eligibility restrictions, like work requirements, making it more difficult for people to obtain or maintain coverage.
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Children in Florida’s Criminal Justice System Deserve Much More From the Adults Responsible for Their Care

At the very least, DJJ should be replacing the camera systems in all of its residential facilities with cameras that are tamper-proof. In the department’s state budget request for the coming year it seeks $250,000 for facility updates that also include purchasing emergency generators, updating fire safety systems and replacing porcelain toilets with ones that are stainless steel. The request belies any sense of urgency on the part of DJJ to address the problem.
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