Florida Organizational Support for Medicaid Expansion

We, the undersigned, urge the Florida Legislature to approve Healthcare Expansion to most Floridians with incomes up to 138% of the poverty level, as provided in the Affordable Care Act.

Being able to see a family doctor should not be prohibited because of politics. It is a basic need. It is a human right. It is a better alternative than the emergency room.

There is no valid argument against extending Medicaid.  The federal government will pay 100% of the cost of Healthcare expansion for the first three years, while the state will never be required to pay more than 10% of that cost in any year.  Expansion will cost the state an estimated $2.1 billion over the next 10 years, increasing the state’s share of the Medicaid budget by only 2%, while drawing down $20.3 billion in federal funds.

Most of those who will finally become insured are those just above the current Medicaid threshold because they are working but still cannot afford private insurance.  This included individuals earning up to $15,400 and families of three earning up to $26,300.

This means at least one million more uninsured Floridians will get coverage in the next 6 years. More insured Floridians translates to more jobs, less uncompensated care, and a healthier society.

If your organization is interested in joining our coalition's fight to expand health care in Florida, contact Athena Smith Ford at athena@floridachain.org.

  1. AdviCare
  2. AFSCME Florida Council 79
  3. AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families 
  4. Allegany Franciscans Ministry
  5. Alliance for Early Care and Education, Inc.
  6. American Heart Association
  7. American Lung Association in Florida
  8. Awakening/Art&Culture
  9. B & V Thera-Pro Associates, Corp.
  10. Broward County Medical Association
  11. Budd Bell Clearing House on Human Services
  12. Catalyst Miami
  13. Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc.
  14. Central Florida Jobs with Justice
  15. Central Florida International Black Women's Congress, Inc
  16. Children's Home Society
  17. Center for Independent Living of the Keys
  18. Children's Services Council of Broward County
  19. Community Health Charities of Florida
  20. Consumers Union
  21. Democratic Women's Club of Florida
  22. Democratic Women's Club of Greater Orlando
  23. DiDi LLC
  24. Doctors for America
  25. Elder Care Advocacy of Florida
  26. Federation of Congregations United to Serve (FOCUS)
  27. Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association
  28. Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates
  29. Florida Association of Community Health Centers
  30. Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions
  31. Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy
  32. Florida Chapter American College of Physicians
  33. Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  34. Florida CHAIN
  35. Florida Child Healthcare Coalition
  36. Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  37. Florida Consumer Action Network
  38. Florida Council of Churches
  39. Florida Council for Community Mental Health
  40. Florida Impact
  41. Florida Legal Services
  42. Florida New Majority
  43. Florida Nurses Association
  44. Florida Occupational Therapy Association
  45. Florida Occupational Therapy Region 7 South Forum
  46. Florida Pediatric Associates
  47. Florida Physical Therapy Association
  48. Florida Public Health Association
  49. Florida Public Services Union
  50. Florida Rural Health Association
  51. Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  52. Floridians for Recovery
  53. Gildar and Associates
  54. Health Care Center for the Homeless
  55. Health Care for All
  56. Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc.
  57. Home Care Association of Florida
  58. JD TOWNSEND LCSW (private practice)
  59. Labor Council For Latin American Advancement Central Florida
  60. Lupus Foundation of Florida
  61. March of Dimes, Florida Chapter
  62. MCC Church of Boynton Beach
  63. Mi Familia Vota
  64. Mi Lola
  65. Monroe Association for Retarded Citizens
  66. NAMI Florida
  67. National Association of Social Workers- FL chapter
  68. National Congress of Black Women, Inc
  69. National Council of La Raza
  70. National Council of Negro Women, Inc
  71. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health-Florida Latina Advocacy Network
  72. National Multiple Sclerosis Society- Florida Chapters
  73. Network of Spiritual Progressives, Palm Beach County
  74. Organize Now
  75. Parent Leadership Council of Florida Inc.
  76. Palm Beach County Democratic Party
  77. Physicians for Social Responsibility/FL
  78. Progress Florida
  79. Service Employees International Union 32BJ
  80. Service Employees International Union 1199
  81. Service Employees International Union 1991
  82. South Florida Jobs with Justice
  83. South Florida Zen Group
  84. St. Johns County Legal Aid
  85. Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative
  86. The AIDS Institute
  87. The Children's Trust
  88. The Family Cafe, Inc.
  89. United Church in Tallahassee
  90. United Way of Broward County
  91. US Pain Foundation
  92. United Partners for Human Services
  93. Volusia County Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida