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June 21st, 2017
The U.S. Senate is on a path to fundamentally restructuring Medicaid by capping and cutting funding. This will shift enormous costs to the state, and lawmakers are unlikely to make up the difference with state funds. The health of Florida seniors will be at risk.
June 14th, 2017
A recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities highlights how capped Medicaid funding puts at risk Florida’s home- and community-based services. These services are vital to keeping Floridians out of residential care institutions.
June 12th, 2017
The Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal would slash roughly $2.5 trillion over the next decade from anti-poverty programs that help struggling low-income families. These programs provide access to nutritious food, keep a roof over their heads and allow access to affordable health care. Congress must reject this proposal.
June 8th, 2017
The health care bill recently passed by the U.S. House would cut Medicaid for tens of thousands of Florida children. The Senate is currently working on its own bill. It must reject this Medicaid cut. Anne Swerlick June 2017 There are many harmful provisions in the recently passed American Health...
May 31st, 2017
Sound mental health is fundamental to quality of life, and there is a strong correlation between mental health, productivity and healthy maturation. Florida, ranking 50th in the nation for per capita mental health funding, has an uncommon opportunity to address the mental health needs of the state.
May 26th, 2017
Florida ranks 50th in the nation in funding for mental health services. At the same time, more than 350,000 Floridians received such treatment through Medicaid. Another 4,000 died in Florida from opioid overdoses alone. A clear and compelling need exists for expanded treatment to address mental illness and substance abuse....
May 26th, 2017
The $82.4 billion state budget adopted by the Florida Legislature for Fiscal Year 2017-18 represents a .08 percent increase in a year that funding could have been appropriated to better meet the needs of Floridians. After adjusting for inflation and population growth, the new budget reflects a decrease of almost...
May 15th, 2017
The U.S House of Representative’s health plan — the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — would strain the state’s budget and undercut the state’s economy. The bill would also effectively deny children and low-income seniors access to affordable health care coverage under Medicaid. Nationally, the AHCA would cut Medicaid by $839 billion over the next decade and cap its financing structure.
May 8th, 2017
There are 2.3 million Florida children who are covered by Medicaid, representing almost half of all children in the state. In addition to the immediate health and financial benefits for children and their families, multiple studies conclude that Medicaid-covered children experience long term health and economic gains as adults.
May 6th, 2017
While the budget and supporting legislation about to be passed by the Florida Legislature contain some positives, including additional funding for higher education, a salary increase for the state workforce and a major investment in the environment, the overall level of investment in Florida’s future leaves much to be desired.
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