CHAIN’s Brennaman: Expanding Medicaid Could Help Florida’s Finances

Florida will have more federal money to reimburse health care providers for care they provide uninsured patients if the state accepts federal funding for Medicaid expansion, says Florida CHAIN’s Policy & Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN. Dr. Brennaman told WMNF’s Sean Kinane that the federal government’s 60-day extension to spend about $166 million to fund […]

Florida Leads Obamacare Enrollment

By Gray Rohrer, The Orlando Sentinel Nearly 944,000 people signed up for health care through federal exchanges during the latest enrollment period, which ran from Feb. 23 to June 30, with the largest number coming from Florida, according to data released Friday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sunshine State residents accounted for […]

Happy Birthday to Medicare & Medicaid!

This month marks a half-century of health care coverage for elderly, impoverished, and disabled Americans by Medicare & Medicaid.  The dream of covering all Americans with health insurance began more than a century ago with President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 and was supported by presidential advocates along the way in F. D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, […]

Florida CHAIN Weighs in on Federal Medicaid Regulations

Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are health plans that attempt to control the cost and quality of care by coordinating medical and other health-related services. State Medicaid plans began to contract with independent MCOs in the 1980s as a strategy to control and predict their Medicaid expenditures. The number of Medicaid beneficiaries that receive their health care […]

Governor Scott Drops LIP Funding Lawsuit, Coverage Gap Remains

The Supreme Court decision safeguarding tax credit subsidies for 1.3 million Floridians was not the only big legal development on for health care in Florida in the last week of June.  On Thursday June 25, Governor Scott withdrew his unfounded lawsuit against the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that alleged unlawful coercion […]

Updates on Florida’s Battle Over Low Income Pool (LIP) Funding

The Florida state administration and the Florida House are begging the federal government for Medicaid funds that the state has to match at 40% to pay for non-coverage for health care and balking at 100% Federal Medicaid funds that eventually will require a 10% state match to pay for health care coverage for more than […]

(Video) Gap Consumer shares her story: It is not a factor of being lazy

Alison King is a very grateful patient of the Brandon Outreach Clinic near Tampa, Florida. She relies on the free health services of volunteer medical staff at Brandon to help her manage her many health issues. Alison sat down at the Brandon Outreach Clinic in September 2014 to share her story with community members and […]

The Health Coverage Gap And Young Floridians

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) set out to give everyone access to affordable health insurance coverage by making Medicaid available to all people earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) – in 2014, $16,105 a year for an individual or $32,913 a year for a family of four – and by providing tax credits […]

Divorcee’ finds affordable care through Florida’s healthcare exchange

During her married years, Joyce Dauby, 59, health insurance was never a question. She always had access to affordable healthcare either through her work or through her husband’s employer. “When my husband and I were going through our divorce I needed health insurance until I could find full-time employment. Presently I’m working on getting my […]

Mid-life career change creates struggles to afford healthcare

Laurie Pinna is unemployed. It’s a unique situation for the 49 year old who has worked in retail for 30 years. “I’ve gone through my savings and find myself struggling financially.” A full time student at USF finishing her degree in Information Technology, Laurie feels strongly that if she is ever to have better job […]