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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 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.
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.
June 29th, 2017
The U.S. Senate is on the verge of cutting Medicaid eligibility for school-aged children. The U.S. House already includes this cut in its recently passed American Health Care Act. Black and Hispanic children would be disproportionately hurt by these cuts, reversing significant gains made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...
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....
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