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 “Health News You Can Use” Calls

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    FL: Florida CHAIN announced they will host a series of calls on health policy issues affecting Floridians beginning December 2nd. The first call will focus on how the ACA addresses health disparities faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Registration is available now.
  • 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.

  • Florida CHAIN To Recruit and Train CHAIN Endorsed Health Reform Trainers

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    FL: Florida Chain launched a new program to train volunteers to host community-based education events focused on health reform. The program will train volunteers on the law and public education practices so they can host at least 12 educational events a year. 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.

  • 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 Contributes to State’s Marketplace Enrollment Success

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    FL: Damien Filer, a spokesman for Florida CHAIN, was quoted in a Herald Tribune article about the Florida Marketplace’s emergence as one of the ACA’s biggest success stories with close to half a million sign-ups.  Filer cited two reasons for Florida’s success, “First, there is a tremendous need here for coverage. And, second, we had a large network of organizations in place to help people get covered.”
  • 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. 

  • What's Your Story? Florida CHAIN Co-Sponsored Success Story Call

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    FL: To encourage Marketplace enrollment, Florida CHAIN co-sponsored a call with consumers and health care advocates to share recent Marketplace enrollees’ success stories and information about applying and enrolling in coverage before January 1, 2014.
  • 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 Challenged Legislature's Plan on Regulating Insurance Rates

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    FL: Florida CHAIN challenged, for a third time, Senate Bill 1842 which suspends the Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) ability to review plan rates subject to the ACA through 2015. Florida CHAIN argues that, rather than protecting consumers through rate review, OIR will only create notices that plans must send to policyholders describing the ACA’s impact on their coverage. Despite Florida CHAIN’s efforts, an administrative law judge dismissed the challenge on November 4th

  • Florida CHAIN Launched Medicaid Expansion Thunderclap and ACA Enrollment Events

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    FL: Florida CHAIN organized a Thunderclap  of over 134,000 people to call on state lawmakers to expand Medicaid.

    Florida CHAIN will hold three enrollment events with navigators on November 18th, December 3rd, and December 5th to help Floridians enroll in coverage. The events will feature legislators, community partners, and consumers. 

  • Am I Eligible? Florida Chain Published Flyer on Marketplaces

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a flyer to help individuals and families determine whether they are eligible for health insurance through the health insurance Marketplace. Florida CHAIN and Health Care for Florida Now also released videos featuring uninsured Floridians who will benefit from the ACA. 

  • Florida CHAIN Works to Clear Confusion about Marketplace's Premium Metal Levels

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    FL: Florida CHAIN published a blog post to help Floridians determine what level of coverage and the meaning of premium “metal levels” in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The blog explains what consumers should expect from each level and reviews what options an applicant has if they are eligible for cost-sharing reductions and how to compare plan premiums and metal levels.


    Florida CHAIN, in collaboration with Florida Covering Kids and Families, USF Health, Family Health Care Foundation, and BayCare Health System, also hosted the state’s first Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrolment Fair on October 5th. The event gave consumers the opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with in-person assisters, learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplaces, and enroll in coverage.

  • KidsWell Florida Publishes Story on College Student Enrolling for Coverage on Exchange

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    FL: Florida CHAIN and Health Care for Florida Now published a story on Facebook highlighting the experience of a college student enrolling in coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace: “I found a health insurance plan better than I have ever had for a price I can afford as a college student. The ACA was worth the wait!!”
  • Florida CHAIN Released an Event Calendar for Open Enrollment and a Call to Action to Expand Medicaid

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  • Florida CHAIN Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    FL: Florida CHAIN issued a newsletter announcing the Marketplace’s open enrollment period and noting that under the ACA, qualified health plans are required to include Essential Health Benefits, such as maternity care, prescriptions, doctor visits, hospitalizations and emergency room care.
  • YI and Florida CHAIN Team Up to "Organize, Educate, Enroll"

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    YI & FL: Young Invincibles (YI) and Florida CHAIN held a free Affordable Care Act (ACA) educational workshop on September 19th in Tallahassee to provide information on organizing, educating, and enrolling Florida communities into coverage. Guest speakers included Catherine Oakar, Senior Policy Advisor of the Health and Human Services’ Office of Health Reform and a member of the President’s Youth Council. The target audience were organizations interested in conducting outreach to young adults.

     

     

  • Twitter Action Alert! Health Care for Florida Now Announced Twitter Events during Legislative Committee Week

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    FL: At the beginning of the Legislative Committee Weeks on September 23rd, Health Care for Florida Now will launch a statewide Health Care Expansion Twitter event to blast social media tweets demanding expansion of health care coverage for Floridians. Tweets are currently being collected. Sign up here!

     

     Florida CHAIN, in collaboration with other advocates, will hold a social media training on September 26th focused on using social media to mobilize public support for legislative strategies. RSVPs will be accepted until September 23rd.

     

  • Florida CHAIN Launches AQUA Campaign to Promote ACA

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    Florida CHAIN also launched the AQUA campaign – Apply, Question, Unique and Ask – urging Floridians to apply their “AQUAtic Skills” to understand how they can benefit from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prepare for open enrollment on October 1, 2013.

  • Knowledge to Truly Treasure! Florida CHAIN Hosts Treasure Coast Health Care Town Hall

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    FL: Florida CHAIN hosted a Treasure Coast Health Care Town Hall Meeting on August 26th to help families understand the new affordable health care coverage options that will be available starting October 1st. The town hall also covered how Florida CHAIN is organizing to advocate for coverage of the 1.2 million Floridians who will not be covered due to the state’s failure to expand Medicaid.

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