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