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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  • 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.

  • NAM & Florida Advocates CHAIN Published Article and Held a Press Conference on State's Five Year Waiting Period

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    NAM & FL: New America Media and Florida CHAIN collaborated to publish an article on Florida’s requirement that lawful immigrants receive Medicaid and CHIP coverage after they have met the five year residence requirement. According to the article, this provision impacts 20,000 to 40,000 children in the state.  KidsWell Florida also held a press conference at the Capitol on April 10th to support legislation that was introduced to remove the five year waiting period (HB 4023/SB704) and extends regulations for presumptive eligibility determinations for Florida KidsCare (HB689/SB548).
  • Florida CHAIN Released Legislative Status Grid on Health-Related Bills

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    With the end of Florida's 2012 legislative session in sight, Florida CHAIN released a legislative status grid providing a detailed list of selected health-related bills by issue, noting that there still important health care and kids' coverage issues to be addressed. The grid includes comments on where the Governor, House and Senate stand on each provision. Each bill is categorized as either “bad” or “good.” Examples of “bad” bills are cuts to Medicaid provider reimbursement rates and eliminating Medicaid eligibility for 21 and 22 year-old former foster care youth. “Good” bills include extending KidCare, Florida’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, eligibility to children of state employees and legal immigrant children as well as earmarking additional funding for the Early Steps program.  The 2012 legislative session ends March 9th.

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