More than 1 million Floridians need healthcare.
Where We Stand
For years politicians in Tallahassee have left billions of our tax dollars in Washington, D.C., and ignored the needs of hundreds of thousands of Floridians, who have jobs that don’t come with health insurance.
That needs to change. No one should have to decide if they can afford life-saving care – like heart medicine or cancer treatment.
It’s time to let voters decide for ourselves whether we should expand Medicaid, bring billions of our tax dollars home, increase jobs, and grow our economy. That’s why Floridians across our state have started working together to collect the signatures needed to put healthcare directly on the ballot in a future election.
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HOW DOES MEDICAID EXPANSION WORK?
Medicaid expansion would bring billions of our tax dollars back from Washington, enabling us to deliver healthcare to an estimated 1.1 million Floridians. Right now, our tax dollars are going to other states, like New York and California, instead. Medicaid expansion would bring our money home, boost our economy, and help Florida families.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION?
Medicaid expansion would help hundreds of thousands of hard-working Floridians who have jobs that don’t come with healthcare. Individuals and families who earns less than 138% of the federal poverty level would qualify. That’s less than $18,000 a year for an individual or $31,000 a year for a family of three.
We’re talking about delivering healthcare to near retirees who have lost their benefits, people with chronic medical conditions, and Floridians who can’t afford to see a doctor right now.
HOW DOES MEDICAID EXPANSION BENEFIT OUR ECONOMY?
With Medicaid expansion, billions of our tax dollars would be brought back to our state to pay for healthcare. The increased demand for health services would create thousands of new jobs in Florida, and the new money spent in our state would boost our economy, benefiting businesses and Florida residents alike.
HOW WOULD MEDICAID EXPANSION SAVE US MONEY?
Right now, we pay for healthcare in the most expensive way possible. Instead of focusing on preventative care that saves both lives and money, we pick up the bill for people who have no ability to pay once their medical condition has become life threatening and more difficult to treat. The cost of this uncompensated care in our emergency rooms is passed along to taxpayers through state and local government programs and to consumers through higher insurance premiums.
The Florida Policy Institute has found that our state could save hundreds of millions of dollars by adopting Medicaid expansion.
HOW LIKELY IS IT THAT VOTERS WOULD APPROVE MEDICAID EXPANSION?
Medicaid expansion represents a common-sense approach for improving health care that has broad support across the political spectrum. It is very popular in Florida and across the nation. In 2018, voters in states like Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska all approved it when given the opportunity to do so.