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August 22nd, 2017
Putting Medicaid under a per capita cap or block grant system would hurt Florida’s budget and the residents who rely on it as a critical lifeline including people with disabilities and the elderly.
August 22nd, 2017
Putting Medicaid under a per capita cap or block grant system would hurt Florida’s budget and the residents who rely on it as a critical lifeline, including women.
August 22nd, 2017
Putting Medicaid under a per capita cap or block grant system would hurt Florida’s budget and the residents who rely on it as a critical lifeline, including children.
August 10th, 2017
A new report from the Girl Scouts, The State of Girls 2017, ranked the overall health and well-being of Florida’s girls (aged 5-17) 39th of the 50 states. This overall ranking is worse than it was a decade ago. In 2007, Florida ranked 36th. The ranking considered 13 national measures of girls’ well-being, focused on five indicators: education, extra-curricular activities, physical health and safety, emotional health and economic well-being.
August 5th, 2017
This is a critical, high-risk moment for Floridians who rely on government subsidies to afford their health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) help people with low and modest incomes afford out of pocket expenses such as deductibles and co-payments.
August 4th, 2017
Federal efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have, so far, been unsuccessful. However, it is important to examine the implications of what has been at the core of multiple bills pushed by leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives —namely, the cutting and capping of Medicaid — as similar language is likely to emerge in future iterations of health care bills.
August 2nd, 2017
The economic prosperity engine continues to speed forward, but millions of Americans remain on the sidelines. That is the conclusion of a new scorecard, which analyzes the financial well-being of the nation’s households. The scorecard also provides pragmatic policy solutions that states can consider to open the doors to economic prosperity for everyone.
July 31st, 2017
A new report from the AARP foundation and partners, Picking Up the Pace of Change, 2017: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Family Caregivers, ranks the overall performance of Florida’s Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) as 46th in the nation. Washington leads the nation with the highest overall performance of its LTSS system, while Indiana ranks 50th.
July 11th, 2017
The goal of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is to move families from dependence on government assistance to economic self-sufficiency by providing participants with temporary cash assistance for basic needs, subsidized child care and employment/employability supports. Since TANF is administered as a federal block grant program, Florida has flexibility in the allocation of funds to permissible purposes. However, this flexibility has led to the growing diversion of funds to programs and services that are outside of TANF’s core welfare reform activities, resulting in fewer resources being allocated for services that would help families become economically self-sufficient.
June 30th, 2017
The U.S. Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), like its House-passed counterpart, would do irreparable damage to the Medicaid program and the millions of Floridians relying on it as their lifeline, including children, people with disabilities and elderly residents.
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