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 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. 

  • Florida CHAIN Releases Interactive Map of Uninsured

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    FL: Florida CHAIN, in partnership with Progress Florida, released an interactive, county-by-county map of Florida’s uninsured. 

  • Florida CHAIN Explains No Wrong Door

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a fact sheet explaining Florida’s No Wrong Door enrollment pathway for Medicaid, CHIP and subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage.  The fact sheet details eligibility requirements and outlines the pathway to paper and online enrollment. 

  • Florida CHAIN Responds to Medicaid Enrollment Delays Caused by Healthcare.gov

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    FL: Greg Mellowe, policy director of Florida CHAIN, was quoted in The Washington Post on the enrollment delays that thousands of low-income Floridians have experienced as a result of the federal marketplace website’s inability to transfer Medicaid-eligible consumers’ data to Florida’s Medicaid agency. He stated, “This is not what we were hoping to see” and emphasized the website was supposed to provide “real-time eligibility” determinations.
  • 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 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.
  • Florida CHAIN Released First Spanish Video

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released its first Spanish video featuring a small businessman who received coverage under the ACA just before suffering from a minor stroke.
  • 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.
  • Florida CHAIN Released Summary of Legislation Related to Health Coverage and Safety Net

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    Florida CHAIN released a 2012 legislative session table that summarized the final status of legislation related to health coverage and the health care safety net as of the end of the regular session. The table takes a “good vs. bad” approach listing passed and not passed bills in a number of categories: (1) health care services; (2) payments to health providers (directly affecting access to care); (3) eligibility for coverage; (4) Medicaid managed care; (5) ACA implementation; and (6) private health coverage.  "Good" proposals that passed included: (1) expanding KidCare eligibility to children of low-income state workers; (2) defining  a medical loss ratio (MLR) in Medicaid managed care that is consistent with the ACA; and (3) developing a process for creating a “no wrong door” coordinated eligibility and enrollment system linking Medicaid, KidCare, and any future Exchange. 

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