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!

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  • Florida CHAIN Hosts Coverage Gap Press Event

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    FL: On March 9th, Florida CHAIN hosted a press event with Miami’s Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado, uninsured residents, advocates, business leaders, and other interested stakeholders at Miami’s City Hall calling on lawmakers to close the coverage gap. The event featured photographs that are part of a traveling project highlighting real people stuck in the coverage gap. 

  • KidsWell Partners Call on Florida to Expand Medicaid and Close the Coverage Gap

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    Young Invincibles, FL: Young Invincibles and Florida CHAIN held a press conference and blogged about a new brief examining the impact of Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid on young Floridians. According to the brief, more than one third of the 918,000 Floridians who are in the coverage gap are young adults.

  • Florida CHAIN Board Member Pens Opinion Piece On ACA Success

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    FL: Florida CHAIN Board Member Elsie B. Crowell wrote an opinion column for the Tallahassee Democrat detailing the ACA’s success in Florida. The column highlights that the ACA has led to: nearly 1 million Floridians gaining access to health insurance; 240,000 Floridians receiving coverage through Medicaid and CHIP; and over 3.7 million Floridians receiving preventive service coverage with no cost sharing.

  • Florida CHAIN Hosts Call on Midterm Election Impact on Florida Health Care

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    FL: Florida CHAIN hosted a call assessing the impact of midterm election results on the fight to close the coverage gap and expand health care in Florida on November 13th. Florida CHAIN’s Advocacy Director provided political analysis on the call as part of the CHAIN ReACTORS monthly conference call series.

  • Florida CHAIN Announces Renewed Participation in Navigator Consortium

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    FL: Florida CHAIN announced that they will be one of 12 organizations working within a consortium managed by the Florida Covering Kids & Families program  at the USF College of Public Health to help enroll Floridians in the Marketplace. USF recently received a $5.38 million second-year Navigator grant and the program will expand to include all 67 Florida counties.

  • KidsWell Partners Featured in USA Today

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    CCF, CA, FL, TX: Four KidsWell partners were featured in a USA Today article exploring states that expanded Medicaid coverage for children but did not expand coverage for adults. Quoted in the article are Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Kelly Hardy, senior director of health policy for Children Now, Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, and Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • Florida CHAIN Announces New Group of Health Care Activists

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    FL: Florida CHAIN announced a new group, the CHAIN ReActors, that will advocate for affordable, quality health care on behalf of all Floridians. Members will have the opportunity to participate in monthly conference calls to receive updates on health care access in Florida, participate in trainings, and listen to guest speakers. The group  will first focus on closing the coverage gap. Registration is available now.

  • Florida CHAIN Publishes Presentation on Rate Review

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a presentation on the Florida rate review process.  The presentation explores the history of health insurance rate review in Florida, the state’s current processes, and anticipated changes due to the ACA.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Statements on ACA Appeals Court Rulings on Subsidies

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    NHeLP, YI, & FL: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and Young Invincibles issued statements in response to the Halbig v. Burwell ruling that ACA subsidies are only available to consumers in state-run Marketplaces. Florida CHAIN issued a statement explaining the immediate impact of the ruling. NHeLP also issued a statement praising the unanimous opinion in King v. Burwell that upheld the ACA’s subsidies in state-run Marketplaces.

  • Florida CHAIN Announces ACA-Focused Webinars

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    FL: Florida CHAIN will host a webinar series on ACA implementation for In-Person Assisters, consumers, providers, and other stakeholders throughout July. The webinars include: Special Enrollment Periods on July 10, Open Enrollment 2.0 with HHS on July 15, and Health Care Reform 101 on July 24. Registration is available now.  
  • Florida CHAIN Issues Statement in Response to Medicaid Expansion Report

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a statement in response to the Council of Economic Advisers’ report on states that have not expanded Medicaid. The statement highlights the economic and health impacts should Florida expand Medicaid, including: 38,000 fewer people with catastrophic out-of-pocket Medicaid expenses per year; $15 billion in federal support through 2016; and 63,800 more jobs through 2017. In response to the report, Leah Barber-Heinz, CEO for Florida CHAIN, said, “States that have moved forward with health care expansion are seeing billions of dollars coming into their economy and the creation of tens of thousands of good jobs...Florida is throwing away new jobs and sending our tax dollars to states that are expanding, when instead we could be investing that money here at home.” 
  • Florida CHAIN Blogs About Medicaid Expansion and Substance Use Disorders

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the potential impact of Medicaid expansion on 170,000 Floridians with substance use disorders (SUDs) who fall into Florida’s coverage gap. Florida CHAIN asserts that expanding Medicaid coverage to people with SUDs would be good for families, businesses, and the State’s economy.   
  • Florida CHAIN Blog and Infographic Highlight Rate Review

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged and created an  infographic  regarding insurance rate filings in Florida. Florida CHAIN highlights the potential for misinformation and provides guidance on what consumers should look for in the newly published rates.

  • Florida CHAIN Highlights Increased KidCare Coverage for Low Income Children

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    FL: Florida CHAIN  issued a press release and infographic highlighting the ACA’s impact on Medicaid coverage for low income children in Florida.  The ACA increased the Medicaid income limit (from 100% to 133% of the federal poverty level) for children aged 6-18 and, as a result, more than 93,000 children enrolled in Florida KidCare between October 2013 and May 2014. 

  • YI & FL CHAIN Team Up to Collect Young Adults’ Coverage Gap Stories

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    YI & FL: Young Invincibles (YI) and Florida CHAIN are partnering to collect stories of young adults in states that have not expanded Medicaid.  YI developed a survey that FL CHAIN is distributing to its community partners to reach Florida’s uninsured young adults.
  • FL CHAIN Rallies for Medicaid Expansion as Florida Promotes Medical Tourism

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    FL: On April 30, 2014, Florida CHAIN, in partnership with Progress Florida, hosted a rally at the Florida State Capital in support of expanding Medicaid.  FL CHAIN also organized a sign-on petition directed to lawmakers considering a “medical tourism” bill, which would increase out-of-state patients’ access to health coverage in Florida.  The petition advocates for prioritizing low income Floridians’ access to health coverage over out-of-state patients. 
  • NCLR & KidsWell FL Advocate for Expanded Health Coverage at Florida’s Children’s Week

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    NCLR & FL: From April 6-11, 2014, KidsWell FL participated in Children’s Week, an annual event held in Tallahassee, to advocate for Medicaid expansion and health coverage for legally residing immigrant children.  Leah Barbara-Heinz, chief executive officer of Florida CHAIN, was interviewed by Tallahassee.com about the importance of these legislative initiatives.  The National Council of La Raza also partnered with Redlands Christian Migrant Association to engage young Latinas in legislative advocacy visits during Children’s Week.

  • FL CHAIN Continues Medicaid Expansion Advocacy

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    FL: Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, released a press statement and Health News Florida editorial in response to CMS’ decision to extend Florida’s Low Income Pool (LIP) for one year.  The LIP provides federal Medicaid funding to help hospitals offset the cost of treating uninsured patients.  In the editorial, Mellowe highlighted that, unlike the LIP extension which is a “short-term band-aid for the problem of uncompensated care,” expanding Medicaid would provide a long term solution by reducing the number of uninsured Floridians.
  • FL CHAIN Criticizes Governor’s Plan to Roll Back Taxes While Refusing to Expand Medicaid

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    FL: FL CHAIN released a press statement criticizing Governor Scott’s plan to roll back taxes while refusing federal funding to expand Medicaid.  FL CHAIN equates the Governor’s refusal to expand Medicaid to a tax increase because the State is preventing the flow of federal dollars to provide health coverage. 

  • FL CHAIN’s Medicaid Counter Keeps Climbing

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    FL: Florida CHAIN, in partnership with Progress Florida, launched the Florida Medicaid Counter which counts the federal dollars Florida is losing each second by not expanding Medicaid. 

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