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 Executive Director was Quoted Regarding Paul Ryan's Proposal to Block Grant Medicaid

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    In addition, Laura Goodhue, Executive Director of Florida CHAIN, was quoted in an article regarding House Budget Committee Chairman and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan's proposal to block grant the Medicaid program. Ms. Goodhue was also featured as a panelist in a Healthcare Town Hall focusing on South Florida health issues.  
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Submitted a Letter to the Department of Children and Families Objecting to a new Florida ACCESS Policy

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    FL: Florida CHAIN, in collaboration with Covering Kids and Families, The Children’s Movement of Florida, The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy and Florida Legal Services, submitted a letter to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to express objections to a new Florida ACCESS policy that would suspend a beneficiary’s eligibility for Medicaid should correspondence sent to the recipient be returned undeliverable. In response to these advocacy efforts, DCF has since discontinued the policy.
  • Florida CHAIN's Director Quoted in an Article Highlighting the U.S. Census Bureau Report

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    FL: Leah Barber-Heinz, Communications Director for Florida CHAIN, was quoted in an article highlighting a U.S. Census Bureau report indicating that the proportion of uninsured children in Marion County is shrinking. 
  • Florida CHAIN was Highlighted in Articles Regarding Efforts Opposing the ACA

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    FL: Florida CHAIN was highlighted in articles regarding Florida’s legislative efforts to amend the State Constitution to oppose the ACA; and an article quoting Ms. Goodhue on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s efforts to oppose the law.  In addition, Florida CHAIN drafted a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius thanking her for her continued commitment toward quality health care for all and urging her to “stay strong” on establishing an Exchange for Floridians.    
  • Florida CHAIN was Featured in the Media Highlighting Reform Issues and Published a Video on Small Business Owners

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    FL: Florida CHAIN was featured in a number of media sources highlighting: (1) two Florida CHAIN referred consumer stories regarding Florida’s Medicaid eligibility and enrollment challenges and the ACA’s impact on seniors; (2) a letter Florida CHAIN and 14 partner organizations submitted to Governor Rick Scott, urging him to hold public meetings on Essential Health Benefits (EHB); and (3) the Agency for Healthcare Administration’s (AHCA) intent to limit physician visits for Medicaid recipients. Florida CHAIN also published a video on small business owners and is working to produce three educational ACA Public Service Announcements (PSA) in Spanish.
  • Florida CHAIN Director Quoted in an Article Highlighting State's Need to Implement ACA

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    FL: Florida CHAIN Director Laura Goodhue was featured in the Associated Press highlighting her request that the Florida Health Insurance Industry Advisory Board begin to implement activities under the ACA and seek public comment on Essential Health Benefits.
  • Florida CHAIN Issued a Policy Brief on Essential Health Benefits

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    FL: Florida CHAIN issued a policy brief providing an overview of Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) and how they will affect Floridians. In addition, Florida CHAIN developed a letter to Governor Rick Scott asking that he recognize the importance of the State’s EHB package and urging him to develop a transparent process that includes public State official discussions on potential decisions and opportunities for stakeholder feedback.

  • Florida CHAIN Published Personal Stories Demonstrating Impact of the ACA

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    FL: Florida CHAIN published a video highlighting a story of a young adult with a chronic condition who is benefiting from the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program (PCIP). In addition, Florida CHAIN published two stories highlighting: (1) a low-income single mother of two children advocating to expand Medicaid; and (2) small businesses and consumers receiving rebate checks due to the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) provision.

  • Florida CHAIN Featured in Media on Importance of the ACA

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    During the week of June 11th, Florida CHAIN published an Op-Ed and Editorial (Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times), and was quoted in three articles  (The Guardian, and Tampa Bay Times) focusing on: (1) the importance of ACA provisions for state residents (e.g., Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rebates, pre-existing condition standards, premium rate review program) and the state's refusal to implement these provisions and programs; (2) concerns regarding the Supreme Court's imminent ruling on the ACA; and (3) WellCare’s proposal to bid on the state’s new Medicaid managed care plan, which would require that all beneficiaries enroll in the Medicaid Medically Needy Program and pay monthly premiums.
  • Florida CHAIN Expressed Opposition to Expanding 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver

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    Florida CHAIN issued a call for action against the State’s proposal to expand the 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver by moving 1.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries into private health plans. Florida CHAIN encouraged individuals to send an email to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remind CMS that expanding this demonstration waiver would put the most medically needy beneficiaries in harms way. In addition, Florida Chain posted a comment on the CMS Idea Factory Website and received 128 votes, to date.
  • Florida CHAIN Highlighted Impact of SCOTUS ACA Ruling

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    Florida CHAIN posted a blog post highlighting what the Supreme Court decision means for the state and circulated a six page media clip document highlighting articles featuring the organization and partners from the Florida Health Alliance.
  • Florida CHAIN Issued Press Release on SCOTUS ACA Ruling

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    Florida CHAIN issued a press release highlighting that now that the law has been found constitutional it is important to communicate to state residents that health reform is “still alive” despite the fact that state officials have refused to implement ACA related programs in the past. The organization notes that the Governor and legislature have no more excuses and the benefits of the law will win out “over politics and selfish pandering.”
  • KidsWell Florida Advocates Developed Website to Highlight Children's Health Care Activities

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    KidsWell Florida child advocacy organizations developed the KidsWell Florida website designed to highlight activities and news within the state focused on children’s health coverage.
  • Florida CHAIN and FCFEP Commented on Interim Final Rule on Medicaid Eligibility Changes

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    Florida CHAIN and Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy submitted comments on the interim final rule on Medicaid eligibility changes. Key comments included: (1) rejecting the notion of allowing states to block transparency and accountability to stakeholders; (2) ensuring consistency and uniformity  for all entities involved in eligibility determination for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); (3) encouraging the transparency of written interagency documents (e.g., State Plan Amendment proposals); (4) requiring  states to have a contingency plan for eligibility determination; and (5)  developing an eligibility determination process and timeliness standards  that allow real-time eligibility determination.
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Hosted Webinar on Health Care Coverage for Children

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    KidsWell Florida held its first webinar on May 30th titled KidsWell Florida: Practical Solutions to Cover All Kids. A recording of the webinar is available here. Organizations under the KidsWell Florida Banner include, The Children's Movement of Florida, Florida CHAIN, the Florida Center of Fiscal Economic Policy, The Children's Trust and the Florida Children's Healthcare.
  • Florida CHAIN Released Fact Sheet on Medicaid Medically Needy Program

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    Florida CHAIN released a question and answer fact sheet highlighting Florida's recent submission to federal officials requesting permission to require all beneficiaries in the Medicaid Medically Needy Program to enroll in  a managed care  plan and to pay to pay monthly premiums . Key question and answers include an overview of how it will affect beneficiaries and the lack of public transparency. Florida CHAIN asserts that if the request is approved many will lose coverage due to the cost of premiums.
  • Florida CHAIN Executive Director Commented on Florida Health Choices Program

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    Florida CHAIN's Executive Director Laura Goodhue was quoted in an article regarding the implementation of the Florida Health Choices program that will offer small businesses additional ways to cover employees under Florida Health Insurance. Goodhue noted that she is apprehensive about implementing the program since the state-based Exchange will be established in 2014 and will provide better coverage with more affordable options.
  • Florida CHAIN Featured in Media Highlighting ACA Efforts

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    Florida CHAIN was featured in a number of media sources including: (1) an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlighting the organization's work under the ACA Implementation Fund; (2) an article in the Orlando Sentinel featuring a quote from Executive Director Laura Goodhue regarding MLR rebates; and (3) KidsWell Florida child-advocacy organizations were highlighted in an Health News Florida article regarding a May 30th webinar focusing on the frustrations caused by the state's failed attempt to apply for a $200 million CHIP Performance Bonus. Organizations under the KidsWell Florida Banner include, The Children's Movement of Florida, Florida CHAIN, the Florida Center of Fiscal Economic Policy, the Children's Trust of Miami-Dade and the Florida Children's Healthcare Coalition.
  • Florida CHAIN Posted Information on Proposed Medicaid Cuts

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    Separately, Florida CHAIN published a “role-paying exercise” blog post providing possible questions and answers state legislators may have used to determined the proposed Medicaid cuts.
  • Florida CHAIN Commented on Possible Reduction in Medicaid Benefits

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    The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP), in addition to a number of other state advocates, submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Agency for Health Care Administration's (AHCA) State Plan Amendment request to limit Medicaid benefits for non-pregnant adults. Should CMS approve the Amendment, benefits would be reduced to: (1) two “general physician” visits per month; (2) six hospital emergency room visits per year; and (3) three home health visits per year (reduced from four). The advocates requested that CMS reject these proposed caps due to the AHCA’s minimal and flawed impact analysis, as well as “vague” and “unjustifiable” rationale. Florida CHAIN was featured in an article regarding the comments.

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