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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  • FL CHAIN Blogs About Legislators’ Continued ACA Opposition and Misrepresentation

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    FL: To highlight legislators’ persistent attempts to misrepresent the ACA, FL CHAIN published a blog post illustrating the state’s efforts to block the ACA, including: presentation of misleading and inaccurate premium information; drafting of proposed rules conflating definitions and requirements for Navigators and Certified Application Counselors; blocking discussion of Medicaid expansion; and weakening state law in two areas where Florida is currently stronger than the ACA—coverage for young adults under 30 and small business employees.  


  • 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 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 Video Highlighted ACA's Benefits for Small Businesses

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    Florida CHAIN released a video highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act’s small business tax credit to provide coverage for employees. The video features a small business owner in central Florida who received a tax credit of $13,000 over the past two years. The video has reached over 10,070 Twitter followers and the small business owner was featured in a letter to the editor published in The Tampa Bay Times.
  • Florida CHAIN Hosted Webinar on the ACA's Impacts on Women-Owned Small Businesses

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    Florida CHAIN held a webinar on how the ACA will impact women-owned small businesses in Florida. Discussion topics included: (1) small business tax credit eligibility; (2)the Florida Health Insurance Exchange; (3) prevention and wellness; (4) shared responsibility; (5) cost containment; and (6) additional ACA tools and resources available for small businesses.

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