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.

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