Florida CHAIN

Florida CHAIN is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care. Florida CHAIN provides resources to build the capacities for and linking consumer, community and service organizations with health care advocacy. In addition, Florida CHAIN provides policy education, collaborative networking, training, and communications and organizing tools to the public, allied partners, media and policy makers. See below for more information about Florida CHAIN’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • Florida CHAIN Launched Medicaid Expansion Thunderclap and ACA Enrollment Events

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    FL: Florida CHAIN organized a Thunderclap  of over 134,000 people to call on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid.

    Florida CHAIN will hold three enrollment events with navigators on November 18th, December 3rd, and December 5th to help Floridians enroll in coverage. The events will feature legislators, community partners, and consumers. 

  • Am I Eligible? Florida Chain Published Flyer on Marketplaces

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a flyer to help individuals and families determine whether they are eligible for health insurance through the health insurance Marketplace. Florida CHAIN and Health Care for Florida Now also released videos featuring uninsured Floridians who will benefit from the ACA. 

  • Florida CHAIN Works to Clear Confusion about Marketplace's Premium Metal Levels

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    FL: Florida CHAIN published a blog post to help Floridians determine what level of coverage and the meaning of premium “metal levels” in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The blog explains what consumers should expect from each level and reviews what options an applicant has if they are eligible for cost-sharing reductions and how to compare plan premiums and metal levels.


    Florida CHAIN, in collaboration with Florida Covering Kids and Families, USF Health, Family Health Care Foundation, and BayCare Health System, also hosted the state’s first Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrolment Fair on October 5th. The event gave consumers the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with in-person assisters, learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplaces, and enroll in coverage.

  • KidsWell Florida Publishes Story on College Student Enrolling for Coverage on Exchange

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    FL: Florida CHAIN and Health Care for Florida Now published a story on Facebook highlighting the experience of a college student enrolling in coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace: “I found a health insurance plan better than I have ever had for a price I can afford as a college student. The ACA was worth the wait!!”
  • Florida CHAIN Released an Event Calendar for Open Enrollment and a Call to Action to Expand Medicaid

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  • Florida CHAIN Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    FL: Florida CHAIN issued a newsletter announcing the Marketplace’s open enrollment period and noting that under the ACA, qualified health plans are required to include Essential Health Benefits, such as maternity care, prescriptions, doctor visits, hospitalizations and emergency room care.
  • YI and Florida CHAIN Team Up to "Organize, Educate, Enroll"

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    YI & FL: Young Invincibles (YI) and Florida CHAIN held a free Affordable Care Act (ACA) educational workshop on September 19th in Tallahassee to provide information on organizing, educating, and enrolling Florida communities into coverage. Guest speakers included Catherine Oakar, Senior Policy Advisor of the Health and Human Services’ Office of Health Reform and a member of the President’s Youth Council. The target audience were organizations interested in conducting outreach to young adults.

     

     

  • Twitter Action Alert! Health Care for Florida Now Announced Twitter Events during Legislative Committee Week

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    FL: At the beginning of the Legislative Committee Weeks on September 23rd, Health Care for Florida Now will launch a statewide Health Care Expansion Twitter event to blast social media tweets demanding expansion of health care coverage for Floridians. Tweets are currently being collected. Sign up here!

     

     Florida CHAIN, in collaboration with other advocates, will hold a social media training on September 26th focused on using social media to mobilize public support for legislative strategies. RSVPs will be accepted until September 23rd.

     

  • Florida CHAIN Launches AQUA Campaign to Promote ACA

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    Florida CHAIN also launched the AQUA campaign – Apply, Question, Unique and Ask – urging Floridians to apply their “AQUAtic Skills” to understand how they can benefit from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prepare for open enrollment on October 1, 2013.

  • Knowledge to Truly Treasure! Florida CHAIN Hosts Treasure Coast Health Care Town Hall

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    FL: Florida CHAIN hosted a Treasure Coast Health Care Town Hall Meeting on August 26th to help families understand the new affordable health care coverage options that will be available starting October 1st. The town hall also covered how Florida CHAIN is organizing to advocate for coverage of the 1.2 million Floridians who will not be covered due to the state’s failure to expand Medicaid.

  • Florida CHAIN Launches New Online Story Bank Portal!

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    FL: Florida CHAIN launched a new, anonymous online story bank portal to help track successes and challenges around health care reform. The story bank is just one of Florida CHAIN’s efforts toward ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.
  • Florida CHAIN Questions Insurance Rate Increases

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    FL: Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida CHAIN, was quoted by a local Florida media outlet questioning why health insurance companies in Florida are planning to file rate increases even as they work to sell plans on the Federally-facilitated Exchange. “Plans sold in the health insurance market place offer value for your dollar. So you can go to the doctor of your choice, make sure you have preventive care with no additional co-pay, and a minimum level of benefits. These are new insurance products. So if they’re saying costs are increasing, it’s hard to say [why], because you don’t really have an apples-to-apples comparison,” said Goodhue.
  • How Much Will You Pay? Florida CHAIN Publishes Resource on Exchange Monthly Premium Payments

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    FL: Florida CHAIN published a resource providing estimates of maximum monthly premium payments for plans purchased from the Federally-Facilitated Exchange.  The chart identifies the maximum monthly premium payments for an individual adult with an income between $0 to $50,000 and one adult in a family of four with an income between $0 to $100,000. The chart also takes into consideration whether the individual is eligible for premium tax credits. 

  • Florida CHAIN Discusses the ACA's Impact on Medicaid Eligibility

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    FL: Despite the Florida Legislature not expanding Medicaid, Florida CHAIN issued a whitepaper highlighting how provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact Medicaid eligibility.  These changes include expanding eligibility for: children ages 6 to 18 from 100% to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL); former foster children to the age of 26; and very low-income adults (with under $2,000 in assets) through the new Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) eligibility calculation. However, Florida CHAIN notes that in applying the MAGI calculation, some beneficiaries could lose access to Medicaid coverage and this could have been prevented by expanding Medicaid to the new adult population.  

  • Florida CHAIN Comments on Delay of Employer Individual Mandate

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    FL: Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida CHAIN, was quoted in a Palm Beach Blog post regarding the Obama Administration’s year delay of the large employer individual mandate. “At this point, we would hope that businesses would still want to do the right thing and make sure they offer insurance to their workers,” said Goodhue. “Businesses also have to remember that 2015 isn’t that far away. They can’t put these actions off forever.”

    Florida CHAIN also published a fact sheet on the “9 Categories of Exemption from the ACA’s Individual Mandate."
  • Florida CHAIN Reacts to State Bill on Review of Health Insurance Rates

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    FL: In response to the Florida legislature’s passage of a bill that would suspend the Office of Insurance Regulation's authority to review health insurance rates for two years, Florida CHAIN published a blog post stating “Senate Bill 1842 brings bad news for Florida consumers in at least two distinct ways: it deregulates health insurance at the state level, putting consumers at risk; and, it sets up ACA to be blamed for Florida’s irresponsibility.” Florida CHAIN was also quoted in a Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau article on the Bill.
  • Florida CHAIN Released List of 10 Insurers that have Filed to compete in the Federal Exchange

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    FL: According to Health News Florida, Greg Mellow, Research Director for Florida CHAIN, compiled a list of ten Florida insurers that have filed to compete in the Federally Facilitated Exchange which is slated to launch its open enrollment period on October 1st. Although the list has not yet been released by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mellowe stated “This is good news for consumers…The fact that so many insurance companies have positioned themselves to compete in the marketplace suggests that there will be lots of affordable, quality plan options available to Floridians."
  • Florida CHAIN Published a Newsletter Highlighting Outcome of Advocacy Efforts

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    FL: Although the Florida Legislature did not pass legislation to expand Medicaid to low-income adults or enhance the KidsCare program by eliminating waiting periods and expanding access to services, Florida CHAIN published a newsletter praising the mobilization and advocacy efforts of the 2013 legislative session. Florida CHAIN highlighted that, due to the heightened legislative activity, there is increased awareness of coverage and children’s health care issues in Florida communities. Florida CHAIN plans to build off of this momentum by publishing action alerts and videos and holding press conferences and events; they recently issued a call to action requesting that individuals call Governor Scott and demand a special session with the goal of expanding coverage for the uninsured. 
  • Lobby for Our Lives! Florida CHAIN Held Medicaid Expansion Rally at Florida Capitol

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    FL: On April 29th, over 50 supporters representing six health care groups, participated in a rally organized by Florida CHAIN to urge Governor Scott and the legislature to expand Medicaid under the ACA. Florida CHAIN posted pictures of the rally and a video featuring Dr. Larry Floriani of Doctors for America requesting Governor Scott’s support for the expansion. Additionally,  various media sources including the Tampa Bay Times (here and here), The Florida Current, The Florida Channel, and The Huffington Post covered the rally.
  • Action Alert! Florida CHAIN Works to Expand Coverage to Low-Income Floridians

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a call to action requesting that individuals contact their state representatives and urge them to support expanding coverage to low-income Floridians. Florida CHAIN also released two videos of an uninsured father of three who would benefit from the expansion and a woman who has been uninsured for over seven years, asking supporters to submit stories about how the Healthy Florida Plan would benefit their communities and families. They announced a series of vigils to be held in support of Floridians who need healthcare and Leah Barber-Heinz, Communications Director, published a post in CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog about how Florida’s decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid will impact employers.

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