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 Discussion on King v. Burwell

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    FL: On March 11th, Florida CHAIN will host a call on the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The call will include background on the case and a recap of the arguments presented to the Court. Registration is available now.

  • Florida CHAIN Blogs about ACA Tax Requirements

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the complexity of the upcoming tax season, noting that those without health coverage in 2014 will be forced to pay a penalty unless they qualify for an exemption from the individual mandate requirement. The blog explains that most low-income Floridians will be able to qualify for an exemption and provides links to proper IRS forms and resources on the topic.
  • Florida CHAIN Blogs About Misleading Reports of Premium Increases

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the fact that most consumer can purchase health coverage for the same or lower premiums as they did in 2014, despite many reports that premiums have increased. The blog attributes confusion to the complexity of how consumers pay for coverage with Premium Tax Credits. Florida CHAIN is urging all Marketplace customers to compare plans during Open Enrollment.

  • Florida CHAIN Holds Coverage Gap Rally

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    FL: Florida CHAIN, along with the Florida Consumer Action Network and a local city council member, hosted a news conference at St. Petersburg City Hall calling on lawmakers to close the coverage gap. The press conference included speeches by local politicians, stakeholders, and individuals in the coverage gap.

  • 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 Asks Floridians to Join Statewide Day of Action

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    FL: On January 8, Florida CHAIN, as part of the Health Care for Florida Now coalition, encouraged members to take part in a statewide day of action and ask State lawmakers to close the coverage gap. Supporters were encouraged to call their local representatives and remind them of the coverage gap’s social and economic impact on Floridians.

  • Florida CHAIN Organizes Coverage Gap Rally

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    FL: Florida CHAIN organized a “Healthcare for the Holidays” rally bringing attention to Floridians who still lack health coverage. The December 18th rally included dozens of large photographs of uninsured Floridians and a collection of over 60 full page photographs of those stuck in the coverage gap.

  • Florida CHAIN to Host Call on Health Reform Political Developments

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    FL: Florida CHAIN will host a call featuring Patrick Willard, field director for Families USA, on December 17th. Mr. Willard will discuss national political developments and threats to health care reform. Registration is available now.

  • 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 Board Member Pens Opinion Piece On ACA Success

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    FL: Florida CHAIN Board Member Elsie B. Crowell wrote an opinion column for the Tallahassee Democrat detailing the ACA’s success in Florida. The column highlights that the ACA has led to: nearly 1 million Floridians gaining access to health insurance; 240,000 Floridians receiving coverage through Medicaid and CHIP; and over 3.7 million Floridians receiving preventive service coverage with no cost sharing.

  • Florida CHAIN Hosts Call on Midterm Election Impact on Florida Health Care

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    FL: Florida CHAIN hosted a call assessing the impact of midterm election results on the fight to close the coverage gap and expand health care in Florida on November 13th. Florida CHAIN’s Advocacy Director provided political analysis on the call as part of the CHAIN ReACTORS monthly conference call series.

  • 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.

  • KidsWell Partners Featured in USA Today

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    CCF, CA, FL, TX: Four KidsWell partners were featured in a USA Today article exploring states that expanded Medicaid coverage for children but did not expand coverage for adults. Quoted in the article are Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Kelly Hardy, senior director of health policy for Children Now, Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, and Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • 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 Publishes Presentation on Rate Review

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a presentation on the Florida rate review process.  The presentation explores the history of health insurance rate review in Florida, the state’s current processes, and anticipated changes due to the ACA.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Statements on ACA Appeals Court Rulings on Subsidies

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    NHeLP, YI, & FL: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and Young Invincibles issued statements in response to the Halbig v. Burwell ruling that ACA subsidies are only available to consumers in state-run Marketplaces. Florida CHAIN issued a statement explaining the immediate impact of the ruling. NHeLP also issued a statement praising the unanimous opinion in King v. Burwell that upheld the ACA’s subsidies in state-run Marketplaces.

  • 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 Issues Statement in Response to Medicaid Expansion Report

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a statement in response to the Council of Economic Advisers’ report on states that have not expanded Medicaid. The statement highlights the economic and health impacts should Florida expand Medicaid, including: 38,000 fewer people with catastrophic out-of-pocket Medicaid expenses per year; $15 billion in federal support through 2016; and 63,800 more jobs through 2017. In response to the report, Leah Barber-Heinz, CEO for Florida CHAIN, said, “States that have moved forward with health care expansion are seeing billions of dollars coming into their economy and the creation of tens of thousands of good jobs...Florida is throwing away new jobs and sending our tax dollars to states that are expanding, when instead we could be investing that money here at home.” 
  • Florida CHAIN Blogs About Medicaid Expansion and Substance Use Disorders

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the potential impact of Medicaid expansion on 170,000 Floridians with substance use disorders (SUDs) who fall into Florida’s coverage gap. Florida CHAIN asserts that expanding Medicaid coverage to people with SUDs would be good for families, businesses, and the State’s economy.   

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