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Citing New Reports, Advocates Launch #VoteHealthCare Campaign

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*An email mistakenly identifies the press conference time as 10:00 am on Monday, Oct 17. The correct time is 9:00 am EST. In 2016, Floridians face the most consequential election for health care in a long time.  Zika concerns persist while Floridians are experiencing growing rates of health disparities and disease in cities like Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. […]

RSVP Today for ‘The Mental State of the State’ Call

    Florida lags behind in access and funding for mental health, but the calls for change have never been louder. The national focus on mental health has resulted in multiple new opportunities to improve the availability of care for Floridians. Now is the time for everyone who cares about mental health to become informed […]

The Orlando Region Health Care Opportunity Report: Health Coverage Plan Could Improve Health Disparities and the Economy in Central Florida

Read the full report here:  orlando-opportunity-report-september-2016_final  

20 Oral Health Providers Receive $7.6 Million in Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week awarded 20 oral health care providers across Florida over $7.6 million in grants to increase access to oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes. As a result, approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians will treat nearly 785,000 new patients nationwide. Click […]

CHAIN CEO Mark Pafford Discusses Health Needs for Florida on South Florida Sunday

Florida CHAIN CEO Mark Pafford appeared on South Florida Sunday on June 12 to discuss the organization’s mission to increase access to affordable, quality care for Floridians. Host Tracy Saint George and Pafford discussed the more than three million Floridians currently living without health coverage, and approximately 600,000 residents who are in the coverage gap due to […]

House v. Burwell Talking Points

We’re disappointed the court sided with House members whose sole aim through the lawsuit is to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance it provides to more than 20 million Americans. However, we expect the administration will appeal this ruling and win, preserving critical financial assistance that allows millions of Americans to access […]

With Health Policy Lemons, Florida Advocates Make Lemonade: Protecting Consumers From Unfair Surprise Medical Bills

Policy and Research Director Laura Brennaman, PhD, RN, guest blogged this week for Community Catalyst about CHAIN’s work to protect Floridians from surprise medical bills. Governor Scott last month signed HB 221 into law effectively ending balance billing for consumers. Take a read of Dr. Brennaman’s blog below. Despite political opposition to the Affordable Care Act at […]

Miami Herald: State Could Help More Sick, Poor, But Won’t

By The Miami Herald Editorial Board Miami-Dade County, in many respects, is a great place to live, but a new report reveals that for the poor and sick, it continues to be a harsh place where they can barely survive. On Wednesday, the Florida Community Health Action Information Network, will unveil its latest findings — and […]

Florida CHAIN Joins Advocates in Calling for Improvements to Managed Care Plan Network Adequacy Model Act

Florida CHAIN joined with national partners and advocates from states across the country this week to urge the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to revise their Managed Care Plan Network Adequacy Model Act to include strong consumer protections. Click here to read the letter. The Model Act is likely to be used as a […]

Op-Ed: Legislature Must Tackle Health Care This Session

By Kim Williams Imagine you own a restaurant and are forced to charge your customers less than what it costs to make their meals. Now, imagine that you must serve every single patron who walks through your doors, including those who are unable to cover the cost of their food. That is a difficult, and even […]