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 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.
  • Florida CHAIN Issued Brief on Proposed Federal Rules for EHBs

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released an issue brief providing information on the new proposed federal rules on Essential Health Benefits and limits on out-of-pocket costs. 
  • Florida CHAIN and FCFEP Commented on Interim Final Rule on Medicaid Eligibility Changes

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    Florida CHAIN and Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy submitted comments on the interim final rule on Medicaid eligibility changes. Key comments included: (1) rejecting the notion of allowing states to block transparency and accountability to stakeholders; (2) ensuring consistency and uniformity  for all entities involved in eligibility determination for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); (3) encouraging the transparency of written interagency documents (e.g., State Plan Amendment proposals); (4) requiring  states to have a contingency plan for eligibility determination; and (5)  developing an eligibility determination process and timeliness standards  that allow real-time eligibility determination.
  • Florida CHAIN Commented on Possible Reduction in Medicaid Benefits

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    The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP), in addition to a number of other state advocates, submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Agency for Health Care Administration's (AHCA) State Plan Amendment request to limit Medicaid benefits for non-pregnant adults. Should CMS approve the Amendment, benefits would be reduced to: (1) two “general physician” visits per month; (2) six hospital emergency room visits per year; and (3) three home health visits per year (reduced from four). The advocates requested that CMS reject these proposed caps due to the AHCA’s minimal and flawed impact analysis, as well as “vague” and “unjustifiable” rationale. Florida CHAIN was featured in an article regarding the comments.

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