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 to Host Call On Impact of Coverage Gap on Women

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    FL: On January 13, Florida CHAIN will host a call with Stephanie Glover, health policy fellow at the National Women’s Law Center (NCLW), to discuss findings from the Center’s new report on the impact of the coverage gap on low income women. Registration is available now

  • 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 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 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. 

  • 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.

  • All Hands on Deck! Florida CHAIN Encourages Stakeholders to Push for Medicaid Expansion

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    FL: Florida CHAIN launched an “All Hands on Deck” campaign urging individuals to attend a November 25th Legislative Delegation meeting on the ACA and Medicaid Expansion. The Campaign’s goal is to demonstrate to state leaders the importance of expanding coverage to 3.8 million uninsured Floridians. Florida CHAIN also blogged on MomsRising.org about the millions of American families not eligible for affordable coverage because their states did not expand Medicaid. The blog encouraged readers to contact their legislators to support Medicaid expansion.

  • Florida CHAIN Making Sense out of Moving Medicaid Patients into Managed Care Organizations

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    FL: Florida CHAIN issued a press release announcing that Florida received conditional approval to transition all Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care. The press released noted that although the state and CMS is moving in the right direction, there is still concern as to whether the wavier will include the needed consumer protections and ensure access to care.
  • Florida CHAIN Released Fact Sheet on Medicaid Expansion

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    FL: Florida CHAIN prepared a fact sheet for the Florida Health Alliance highlighting information on Medicaid Expansion and how it would benefit Floridians.
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Hosted a Webinar to Review Report on the ACA's Implications

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    FL: Florida KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with the Georgetown Health Policy Institute, held a webinar to launch a report on the implications of the ACA’s Supreme Court decision on Florida’s Medicaid Program. The report was highlighted in a guest column in the Tampa Bay Times and the Georgetown Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! Blog.
  • Florida CHAIN Issued a Letter to HHS with Recommendations to Ensure Consumer Input and Needs are a Priority in State Exchange Implementation

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    FL: Florida CHAIN issued a sign-on letter to HHS providing recommendations to ensure that Health Insurance Exchange implementation in states be based on the input and needs of consumers.
  • KidsWell Florida was Acknowledged in an Article for its Efforts to Support Individuals as they Identify Eligible Coverage Opportunities

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    FL: KidsWell Florida was highlighted in an article on its efforts to support parents and individuals identify eligible coverage opportunities.
  • KidsWell Florida and CCF Hosted a Webinar on Health Care Reform Implementation's Impact on Children

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    FL: KidsWell Florida, in collaboration with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, will host a webinar on December 6th on health care reform implementation and the impact of these efforts on improving coverage for children in Florida.
  • Florida CHAIN Blogged about What the Election Results Mean for Health Care in Florida

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    FL: Florida CHAIN published a blog post on what the election results mean for Floridians health care.
  • Florida CHAIN Released a Handout with Six Floridans' Personal Stories Highlighting how the ACA Has Benefited Them and How It Will in the future

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a two-page handout on stories of six Floridans highlighting how they are benefiting from the ACA now and will in the future depending on the outcome of the election.
  • KidsWell Florida Partners Released KidsCare Toolbox Report

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    KidsWell Florida held a conference call on October 30th to announce the release of Florida’s KidsCare Toolbox report, which provides information about how kids currently access coverage in the state and how the program can be improved.
  • National and Florida KidsWell Partners Held a Health Reform Town Hall with HHS Officials

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    NCLR & FL: NCLR, Florida CHAIN, Families USA, SEIU, and MI Lola held a health reform town hall featuring health care officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who explained the myths and realities behind health care reform.
  • 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 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.

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