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November 15th, 2017
Governor Rick Scott’s “Securing Florida’s Future” Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 totals $87.4 billion, the largest proposed budget of the governor’s tenure. At first glance the proposal reflects some positive investments in Sunshine State and its families, including increased funding for environmental protection, human services and public safety.
September 26th, 2017
Revenue and spending projections for the next three years suggest that the state may have insufficient funds to pay recurring costs after Fiscal Year 2018-19. While legislative leaders may use projected shortfalls to reduce spending, other alternatives should receive equal consideration to ensure the adequate provision of needed services and maintaining a balanced budget.
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.
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...
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