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 Association of Recovery Residences
  32. Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy
  33. Florida Chapter American College of Physicians
  34. Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  35. Florida CHAIN
  36. Florida Child Healthcare Coalition
  37. Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  38. Florida Consumer Action Network
  39. Florida Council of Churches
  40. Florida Council for Community Mental Health
  41. Florida Impact
  42. Florida Legal Services
  43. Florida New Majority
  44. Florida Nurses Association
  45. Florida Occupational Therapy Association
  46. Florida Occupational Therapy Region 7 South Forum
  47. Florida Partners In Crisis
  48. Florida Pediatric Associates
  49. Florida Physical Therapy Association
  50. Florida Public Health Association
  51. Florida Public Services Union
  52. Florida Rural Health Association
  53. Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  54. Floridians for Recovery
  55. Gildar and Associates
  56. Health Care Center for the Homeless
  57. Health Care for All
  58. Hispanic Health Initiatives, Inc.
  59. Home Care Association of Florida
  60. JD TOWNSEND LCSW (private practice)
  61. Just Health Care
  62. Labor Council For Latin American Advancement Central Florida
  63. Lupus Foundation of Florida
  64. March of Dimes, Florida Chapter
  65. MCC Church of Boynton Beach
  66. Mi Familia Vota
  67. Mi Lola
  68. Monroe Association for Retarded Citizens
  69. NAMI Florida
  70. National Association of Social Workers- FL chapter
  71. National Congress of Black Women, Inc
  72. National Council of La Raza
  73. National Council of Negro Women, Inc
  74. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health-Florida Latina Advocacy Network
  75. National Multiple Sclerosis Society- Florida Chapters
  76. Network of Spiritual Progressives, Palm Beach County
  77. Organize Now
  78. Parent Leadership Council of Florida Inc.
  79. Palm Beach County Democratic Party
  80. Physicians for Social Responsibility/FL
  81. Progress Florida
  82. Service Employees International Union 32BJ
  83. Service Employees International Union 1199
  84. Service Employees International Union 1991
  85. South Florida Jobs with Justice
  86. South Florida Zen Group
  87. St. Johns County Legal Aid
  88. Tampa Bay Healthcare Collaborative
  89. The AIDS Institute
  90. The Children's Trust
  91. The Family Cafe, Inc.
  92. United Church in Tallahassee
  93. United Way of Broward County
  94. US Pain Foundation
  95. United Partners for Human Services
  96. Volusia County Democratic Hispanic Caucus of Florida